Creative
lighting design

Team

Stuart Alexander BA(Hons) Architecture Associate

With over ten 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 This is a charity initiative that works with manufacturers to take superseded, damaged and ex-demo lighting equipment and make good use of them for community projects.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.

Melissa Byers BA(Hons) Lighting Designer

Melissa joined Michael Grubb Studio in 2018 following 20 years working as a Cinematographer and Stereographer in 3D for film and television with credits such as: Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar winning film ‘Gravity,’ BAFTA winning Natural History films presented by David Attenborough and Tim Burton’s feature ‘Corpse Bride,’ as well as major brands such as Panasonic, Audi, Google, BT and Land Rover.

Since joining Michael Grubb Studio, Melissa has been involved in projects including public realm, retail and creative light-art using her experience to connect people, stories and narrative through light to affect the real world and spaces that we live in.

Michael Grubb BA(Hons) IALD FSLL Creative Director

For over 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.

Sarah Knight NVQ (MAAT) Financial Administrator

Sarah studied accounting and successfully completed her NVQ in 2009. Since then, she has gained considerable accounts experience working for a variety of SME’s as well as working in the shipping and leisure industries.

Sarah previously worked for seven years in a control centre for the ambulance service where she progressed to manage ambulances for one half of the country.

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.

Isabelle Lane BA(Hons) Junior Lighting Designer

Isabelle progressed beyond a work placement at Michael Grubb Studio, where she supported a number of high profile projects, to become a full-time Junior Lighting Designer in 2019. Since joining, she has been working in retail, residential and public realm schemes

She studied Interior Architecture and Design at The Arts University Bournemouth and Isabelle’s final graduation project “Understanding the Anthropocene” combined her passion for creative lighting and projection. The installation is centred around the 12-hour day from morning to night, walking visitors through their carbon footprint

Daniela Rendon BA(Hons) Design Assistant

Daniela previously worked within the Design industry in both Italy and Spain for high profile organizations including, private homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Following her passion for architecture and interiors she progressed to study BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design at Arts University, Bournemouth. Daniela’s studies enabled her to follow her aspirations and apply a conscious design approach that responds to key issues in order to create positive change for both people and planet.

Her diverse experience working in design professionally and during her education have provided her with an extensive range of both technical and practical skills. Daniela joined Michael Grubb Studio in 2019 and her aim is to continue to develop her skills in her role as Lighting Technician.

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.