lighting design


Our award-winning creative team has a wide variety of experience and expertise and come from diverse design backgrounds, from architecture, interior design, product design, interactive media and of course lighting!

We are passionate, professional, approachable and a highly respected resource. We believe in educating others on the importance of light and the role it plays on the built environment.

We are socially responsible and care greatly about our responsibility to protect the planet, by providing sustainable and energy efficient solutions for all our projects. We do not have a dedicated page of text for this because it is ingrained in our sub-consciousness and is relevant to ALL of our projects.

Introducing the team…

Michael Grubb BA(Hons) IALD MSLL Creative Director

For nearly 20 years Michael has travelled the world working on a wide range of award winning projects.

In 2011 Michael was selected by the Olympic Delivery Authority to be Learning Legacy Ambassador for Lighting.

In 2012 Michael was named UK Lighting Designer of the Year.

As well as a trusted voice within the lighting design profession, Michael co-founded the charitable Re:LIT initiative in 2013. He is a keen activist on educating and promoting all aspects relating to light.

Michael is an active member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, Society of Light & Lighting and the Institute of Lighting Professionals.

Stuart Alexander BA(Hons) Architecture Associate

With over eight years lighting design experience, Stuart is actively involved in all aspects of the Studio’s activity.

He initially studied architecture at Central St. Martins (CSM) and achieved first class honours. Stuart’s passion and dedication for architecture, landscape and the built environment sees him actively participate in a host of creative pursuits.

In 2013, Stuart co-founded the award winning Re:LIT project. This is a charity initiative that works with manufacturers to take superseded, damaged and ex-demo lighting equipment and make good use of them for community projects.

In 2016, Lighting Magazine recognized Stuart as one of the countries leading lighting designers, as featured in their Top 40 Lighting Designers Under The Age Of 40.

Greta Smetoniute BA(Hons) Project Lighting Designer

Greta became a member of the Michael Grubb Studio team in 2014 after graduating from the Arts University of Bournemouth (AUB) with a BA (Hons) in Costume & Performance Design.

Greta’s production skills continued beyond lighting and have been used to generate light-art animations for Oliver Jeffers Exhibition, Seven Stories and Gardens of Light Festival.

Greta has worked on an array of important projects, from museums, exhibitions, visitor centre’s and art installations. During 2016, Greta worked with retail company LUSH to deliver an award winning lighting scheme (as recognized at the 2016 Lux Awards) that is currently being implemented across all new stores throughout the globe.

Matthew Waugh BA(Hons) MArch (ARB/RIBA II) Senior Lighting Designer

Matthew has been working with light in a commercial capacity since 2012.

He originally worked for DPA Lighting consultants on a host of projects. This included: hotels; bars; restaurants; retail and high-end residential.

In 2013 Matt joined Michael Grubb Studio. Initially working part-time, whilst undertaking a Masters in Architecture at the Arts University of Bournemouth (AUB).

On completion of his studies, Matthew joined the team full time and is now accountable for a number of prestigious projects within the UK and also overseas.

Karen Werrey-Easterbrook BA(Hons) Studio Manager & PA

Karen became a key member of Michael Grubb Studio in 2015 and responsible for managing the studio, the design team, as well as acting as PA to Michael Grubb.

Karen studied at the University of Southampton, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History & Politics with Philosophy.

Karen previous experience includes working with the Magistrates Court and also Dorset Police.

Susan Grubb Financial Administrator

With over 40 years bookkeeping and administrative experience, Susan manages all aspects of the company finances.

Susan works part-time having previously been Company Secretary and joint owner of an international Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Consultancy, before retiring in 2013.

Will de Liefde-Foote BA (Hons) Interior Architecture Design Technician

Will studied Interior Architecture and Design at the Arts University Bournemouth, graduating in 2016.

Will now teaches evening classes for both Interior Design and learning AutoCAD at the University.

Will previously worked for architectural and interior design firms in both London and Bournemouth. He worked on an array of projects as model maker and 3D Designer and Visualiser.

Matthew Athinodorou BA (Hons) Architecture Design Technician

Matt completed BA (Hons) in Architecture in 2015 at Arts University Bournemouth.

Matt is currently halfway through completing the March (ARB/RIBA II) whilst working part time at Michael Grubb Studio.

Matt's interest in light was shown in his university architectural work. Having experimented with light and colour, creating and controlling the atmosphere in a space, in addition to its effects on the brain and mental health.

Daniele Trombin BA(Hons) MArch (ARB/RIBA II) Design Technician

Daniele holds a Master of Architecture Part 2, having recently graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth, where he also completed his BA(Hons) Part 1.

Daniele has always expressed a great interest in the world of creation with a keen passion for design and the entire supporting process behind it.

In 2017, Daniele joined Michael Grubb Studio, expanding his knowledge towards a sensible yet vast field such as lighting design.

Charlotte Wood currently | Masters in Architecture (ARB/RIBA II) Design Techinician

Charlotte is currently studying for her Masters in Architecture. The main tenet of her thesis has been to explore the evolution of the role of the ‘modern architect’, which after extensive study she would now contend is multi-faceted.

Notable work has included; a Postcard Forum to promote the future development and usage of Sandbank’s Poole after dark and most recently ‘Boscombe Unseen: The Enlightenment’, a light installation in the Chine Gardens.

Working at MGS will allow Charlotte to gain important technical experience and this coupled with her natural flare for creativity will allow her to explore, in greater depth, the interaction between architecture and light with a view to enhancing her design concepts.