Michael Grubb

Founder + Managing Director

BA(Hons) IALD FSLL

Michael Grubb

Founder + Managing Director

BA(Hons) IALD FSLL

With an impressive career that spans more than two decades, Michael has travelled all corners of the globe to work on a wide range of award-winning projects. As the founder and managing director of Michael Grubb Studio, he oversees the development and direction of the business.

The unwavering faith in Michael’s expertise is demonstrated by his partnership with world-leading brands including Diageo, Jameson, Guinness, McLaren, Amazon and Lavazza. He works closely with these companies to develop their unique ‘language of light’, to support and enhance their brand values.

Michael’s talent has led him to work on a wide range of building projects from new developments and major cities, across the world. He provides lighting masterplans for developers, local authorities and other major institutions.

Other notable successes include Michael’s appointment by the Olympic Delivery Authority to the prestigious role of Learning Legacy Ambassador for Lighting for the London 2012 Olympics.

As well as being a trusted voice within the lighting design profession, Michael’s commitment to sustainability led him to become the co-founder of the charitable Re:LIT initiative. He is keen activist on educating and promoting all aspects of lighting, including its importance in the global drive to reduce energy consumption and deliver carbon savings.

Michael’s expert knowledge and opinion is renowned across the international lighting industry, and he regularly fulfils speaker roles at major events across the globe. He is always keen to explore new ways to reach out to industry professionals and share his passion for the sector.

Michael’s commitment to the industry is further demonstrated by his role as an active member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, Society of Light & Lighting and the Institute of Lighting Professionals.

Michael’s innovation and vision led him to be crowned UK Lighting Designer of the Year in 2012

Matthew Waugh

Associate

BA(HONS) MARCH

Matthew Waugh

Associate

BA(HONS) MARCH

Matt is an established Senior Designer within the Michael Grubb Studio team and has worked on multiple award-winning Lighting Design projects including: Brooklands Museum; Hi Tech Digital Centre and Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle, since joining just under ten years ago.

Attention to detail, elegance and exacting high standards form part of Matt’s key credentials.  Matt works simultaneously on numerous large scale projects, in the UK and internationally, designing and delivering with detailed excellence.

Matt was a winner of ’40 under 40’, presented at the Lighting Design Awards to emerging designers demonstrating outstanding talent, knowledge, skill and creativity. Additionally, Matt in partnership with a colleague, undertook in-depth research and developed proposals to integrate a circular economy model within real lighting design projects. They presented their research at the Professional Lighting Design Conference (PLDC) in Singapore.

Matt brought a wealth of multidisciplinary experience from past roles in Architectural and Interior Design, also working as a Lighting Designer with another prominent Lighting Consultant. He previously specialised in designing lighting for hotels; bars; restaurants; retail and high-end residential projects. 

Prior to this, Matt gained both a Degree and Masters Degree in Architecture at Arts University Bournemouth.

Melissa Byers

Associate

BA (Hons)

Melissa Byers

Associate

BA (Hons)

Melissa has been working with light for over 20 years. Since joining Michael Grubb Studio, she has worked on an array of large scale Lighting Design and Masterplanning projects including; Public Realm in central London and cities across the UK, Retail Lighting, Museum and Experiences.

Her breadth of experience, past and present, working within the lighting industry on high profile projects provide her with a unique technical skillset and pragmatic approach working with teams to balance the creative, technical and organisational requirements of any project.

Melissa previously worked as a Cinematographer and Stereographer in film and television, connecting people, stories and narrative through light. Credits include: Alfonso Cuarón’s, Oscar and BAFTA winning film “Gravity.” BAFTA winning Natural History Documentaries featuring David Attenborough, Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” and Commercial Promos for major brands including Google, BT, Land Rover, Orange, Audi, and Amnesty International.

She studied lighting for three years as a post-graduate in Cinematography at the prestigious National Film & Television School after obtaining her Degree at Westminster University.

Her other passions are sailing and the sea, having sailed across The Atlantic and through the Panama Canal. 

Isabelle Lane

Project Lighting Designer

BA (Hons)

Isabelle Lane

Project Lighting Designer

BA (Hons)

As a project lighting designer at Michael Grubb Studio, Isabelle has worked on a wide variety of high-profile and award-winning projects. These include Surface Design award winner Sayer Street, and Whitfield Gardens which earnt the front cover spot of the renowned Lighting Journal.

Other notable achievements include Isabelle’s work as project designer on the lighting scheme for the Strand, London and Broadmarsh in Nottingham City Centre. She has a wealth of experience working with, coordinating, and delivering BIM packages and street lighting approval packages. Isabelle was also involved in the Westdowns University, Winchester, project, as well as currently working at London’s Woolwich Market Square and High Street.

More recently, Isabelle has acted as the lead designer on many projects, from theatres to public realm developments. She coordinates design packages and liaises with the various design teams on each project. Isabelle brings her own expertise and skills to each project through her meticulous specification of lighting and engaging client presentations.

Isabelle’s commitment to the lighting industry is shown through her many certifications and awards. As a member of the ILP and SLL, Isabelle also holds Advanced Level Dialux Evo Certification. She is a previous winner of the Technical Award for the Ready Steady Light competition.

Always striving to improve her skills and expand her knowledge, Isabelle is currently in the process of obtaining her Toastmasters certifications in ‘Visionary Communication’ (Public Speaking), as well as acquiring Revit certification. She holds all of the industry-required health and safety training and certifications.

Isabelle has also been named one of the 40 under 40 winners in the class of 2021.

Stuart Alexander

Associate + Head of R&D

BA (Hons) Architecture

Stuart Alexander

Associate + Head of R&D

BA (Hons) Architecture

Stuart has worked at Michael Grubb Studio since the company’s inception and is a key figure.  As an Associate, he supports many of the Studio’s array of projects, alongside his own, innovating solutions based upon his technical expertise.  His work on multiple award winning projects include:  Wonderlab at the Science Museum, London; Black Prince Road Tunnel, London and McLaren F1.

Stuart has an unbridled passion for lighting.  His range of interests and an appetite to learn more enable boundaries to become possibilities.  He combines a unique, creative edge with design and technology know-how creating original concepts on any scale.  From complex lighting technologies, to simple lighting solutions Stuart selects the right tools to create moments, experiences and memories.

Previously Stuart studied architecture at Central St. Martins (CSM) and worked as a Lighting Designer for another, established Lighting Consultant.

Stuart co-founded the award winning Re:Lit Project, which is a charity initiative that works with manufacturers to take superseded, damaged and ex-demo lighting equipment and make good use of them for community projects.

Daniela Rendon

Lighting Designer

BA (Hons)

Daniela Rendon

Lighting Designer

BA (Hons)

Daniela joined Michael Grubb Studio in 2019 with a desire to develop her skills further as a Lighting Technician following the completion of her studies in BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design at Arts University, Bournemouth.

Daniela provides the team with technical and creative support which she delivers with accuracy, flair and a calm disposition, no matter how challenging the task.  Her studies enabled her to follow her aspiration to develop and apply a conscious design approach, responding to key issues in order to create positive change for both people and planet. 

Previously, she worked within the Design industry in both Italy and Spain for high profile organisations including, private homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, and shops.  Her range of experience, working in design professionally and during her education have provided her with diverse technical and practical skills making her a very capable member of the team.

Anna Freiesleben

Lighting Designer

BSc (Hons) MArch

Anna Freiesleben

Lighting Designer

BSc (Hons) MArch

Anna joined Michael Grubb Studio as a Design Technician seeking to further expand her knowledge of placemaking through the specialist medium of light.  She supports the team across a variety of projects, utilising her skills in conceptual design and visual representation.

With a background in architecture and urban design, Anna is drawn to developing the narrative behind a project and understanding its socio-political context.  Her previous work in practice involved working closely with communities to cultivate design strategies, scaling from small villages to major cities.

Anna completed the Master of Architecture at AUB, where her proposals explored light, shadow and pattern, including an immersive projection installation at the 2018 Venice Biennale. Winner of a Silver Creative Conscience Award, her final thesis project explored migration, mental, social and physical boundaries, visually expressed through the layering of coloured glass, perforated screens, and their shadows.

Anna gained prior experience in several architectural practices across Dorset, working on healthcare, education and residential projects.

Giulia Brighi

Lighting Designer

MArch+MEng, MSc

Giulia Brighi

Lighting Designer

MArch+MEng, MSc

Giulia joined Michael Grubb Studio as a Junior Lighting Designer having completed a Masters Degree in Architecture and Building Engineering (MArch+MEng) at the University of Bologna, followed by a Master in Lighting Design & LED Technology in the Polytechnic of Milan with an internship as a well-established Italian Lighting Manufacture.

Following her move to London, Giulia engaged with the UK Lighting Community working for an International Lighting Consultancy Company.  This provided her with the opportunity to gain experience in commercial buildings, offices, facades, public realm and heritage projects.

Giulia supports the team with her knowledge, hard-work and passion for the light.  Her range of experience, education and attitude have made her a positive and enthusiastic member of the team.

Chloe Salvi

Lighting Designer

BA(Hons) MA

Chloe Salvi

Lighting Designer

BA(Hons) MA

Chloe joined Michael Grubb Studio as a Junior Lighting Designer, following a year’s placement at an architectural lighting design firm, specialised in high end interior and exterior commercial and hospitality projects.  In that role, she was able to develop her technical and conceptual design skills, alongside assisting in the design of LEED silver and LEED gold standards lighting schemes.

Chloe has a unique understanding of light, both in its natural form and as artificial light curated in Lighting Design.  She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and gained an MA in Lighting Design from Edinburgh Napier University.  Here, she focused on the design and set-up of light interventions and immersive installations as a means of public engagement.

Her passion for photography, light art and storytelling, drive her interest in the “raw” power of light and its ability to engage at an emotional level, by positively affecting our physical and mental wellbeing.

Chloe is currently assisting on large scale public realm projects at Michael Grubb Studio supporting the team, whilst looking to expand her knowledge and practice of sustainable and environmentally responsible lighting design.

Sarah Knight

Financial Administrator

NVQ (MAAT)

Sarah Knight

Financial Administrator

NVQ (MAAT)

Sarah studied accounting and successfully completed her NVQ in 2009. Since then, she has gained considerable accounts experience from working in both an accountancy practice as well as for SME’s in the shipping and leisure industries.

Previously, Sarah worked for seven years in the control centre for Hampshire Ambulance Service where she progressed from answering emergency calls to managing ambulances for one half of the county.

Sarah joined the Michael Grubb Studio team in 2018 and now manages all the day-to-day aspects of the company’s finances whilst also studying for a chartered ACCA qualification.

Karen Werrey-Easterbrook

Office Manager

BA (Hons)

Karen Werrey-Easterbrook

Office Manager

BA (Hons)

As the Studio Manager, Karen’s role encompasses a broad range of responsibilities.  She manages the day-to-day running of the Studio, as well as the requirements of the Design Team.  Her professional abilities as a well-organised multi-tasker and effective communicator ensure she is able to get any job done.

In addition, Karen acts as PA to Michael Grubb and has worked in this capacity since joining the company over 5 years ago, establishing her as a core member of the team.

Karen studied for her degree at the University of Southampton, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History & Politics with Philosophy.  Her previous experience includes working within the public and private sector.