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

Mike Cascarino

Head of London Studio

BA(Hons)

Mike Cascarino

Head of London Studio

BA(Hons)

From his origins in theatrical lighting design, before transitioning to architectural lighting, Mike has built an impressive career. With experience that spans a number of sectors, as well as consultancy and in-house roles, Mike brings great insight and knowledge to his role as Head of London Studio.

Having worked on an eclectic mix of projects across private residential, hospitality, retail, corporate and civic projects, Mike understands the differing needs of each sector. His work has given him a global perspective, undertaking projects across the UK, Europe, South East Asia, the UAE and many other exotic locations including the Caribbean.

Some of his most notable projects include the redesign of the former BBC Television Centre into residential, commercial, retail and hospitality spaces. His work gained a RIBA London Award and RIBA National Award. Other brands in Mike’s portfolio include the Royal Academy of Dance, Burberry, Jab Gym, and Grant Thornton.

Mike’s experience has built upon the grounding from his education, having gained a BA(Hons) in Lighting Design from Rose Bruford College.

Mike’s expertise have been recognised further through a number of industry accolades, where his dedication and contribution to projects has secured RIBA, LIT and [d]arc awards.

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. 

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.

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.

Rachael Flint

Associate

BA(HONS) Architecture

Rachael Flint

Associate

BA(HONS) Architecture

With more than a decade’s experience in the lighting industry, Rachael brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Michael Grubb Studio team. Having worked for consultancies in London, Oxfordshire and Sydney, Rachael understands the differing challenges of national and international projects.

She has greatly bolstered the team thanks to her highly organised nature, collaborative approach, exceptional project management skills and attention to detail.

As well as spanning continents, Rachael’s experience has ranged from hospitality to residential, cinemas to heritage and commercial developments. Tourism has also played a role in her portfolio, having worked on lighting designs for cruise ships and airports.

Her success has been officially recognised, having been awarded the Young Lighter of the Year accolade and being named as one of the ‘40 under 40’ industry achievers.

Broadening her professional reach across the industry, Rachael has been a judge for the Lighting Design Awards and the SLL Young Lighter. She has also spent time assessing papers for PLDC and has delivered a number of PLDC industry talks – including ‘Task Lighting at the Hospital Bed’ and ‘Lighting in Sydney’.

Rachael’s knowledge and expertise are underpinned by her education, having secured a BA(Hons) in Architecture from University of Plymouth, and an MSc in Lighting & Lighting from UCL.

Rachael is passionate about making lighting more accessible. She also has a keen interest in the impact of lighting on the mood and wellbeing of those interacting with it.

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.

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

With a background in architecture and urban design, Anna is drawn to developing
project narratives which reflect their distinctive socio-political contexts. Anna joined Michael Grubb Studio to further her professional interest in exploring atmosphere and placemaking through the specialist medium of light.

Since joining Michael Grubb Studio, Anna has utilised her conceptual and technical skills in notable projects including Battersea Power Station, Newcastle City Centre and Ad Gefrin Distillery. These skills were effectively implemented on site at Ready Steady Light 2021, where the team won the Technical Award.

Building upon her previous work in architectural practice, Anna is enjoying expanding her portfolio of bespoke lighting projects and is focused on deepening her knowledge of lighting control, to create quality spaces imbued with ambience and purpose.

Anna’s professional experience is underpinned by her impressive educational credentials. During her studies, Anna explored light, shadow, and pattern, including an immersive projection installation at the 2018 Venice Biennale. Winner of a Silver Creative Conscience Award, Anna’s Masters thesis explored migration and boundaries, expressed through the layering of coloured glass, perforated screens, and their shadows.

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.