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Team

Dr. Natalia Bystriantseva
Dr. Elena Lekus
Ilia Smilga
Ekaterina Timchenko
Dr. Natalia Bystriantseva
Head at CLD ITMO University

Dr. Natalia Bystriantseva has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture and Environmental Design. In 2014, she was honoured with the National Award ‘Architecture and Design’ and started to develop the Master’s programme on Lighting Design at ITMO University. She completed her Ph.D. in Architecture at Moscow Architectural Institute/RU and is currently Head of the Creative Lighting Department at ITMO University, a centre of applied research and international postgraduate education in the field of Lighting Design in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Bystriantseva has 10+ years of professional experience and worked on more than 20 research papers on Lighting Design. She has also managed applied research and development projects for the local authorities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Her work focuses on an integrated approach to the sustainable development of an urban environment in a long-term perspective with the accent on the creation of concepts and analytical solutions that can be adapted to changes in an investment climate and the tasks of local authorities or decision-makers. The latter include solutions such as Big Data and Analytics Software for Urban Lighting – a Lighting Planning Platform for Quality of Life in a City, which was implemented this year for the City of St. Petersburg.

Dr. Elena Lekus
Associate Professor at CLD ITMO University

Since 2014, she has been teaching Lighting Design courses both at ITMO University and at the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. Elena is a member of the Association of Russian Lighting Designers (RULD). She has curated art projects and exhibitions in famous Russian museums and exhibition halls such as the State Russian Museums and the Central Exhibition Hall "Manege". Her sphere of academic interest includes Lighting Cultures, the History of Lighting Design, and innovative approaches to teaching Lighting Design to students and professionals. The author of 20+ academic publications, she is actively involved in applied research work about the impact of lighting on socio-cultural environment, human centric lighting and problem-based approach

Ilia Smilga
Senior Lecturer at CLD ITMO University

Head of project laboratory of CLD ITMO University and laboratory “Sky.812” of cluster Art & Science at ITMO University

Ekaterina Timchenko
Lecturer at CLD ITMO University

Curator of the International Research-to-Practice Conference on Lighting Design, and an administrator of international educational projects. She has 10 years of professional experience as a journalist and business analyst, four of them Ekaterina was working as the Head of the Russian National Business Ranking. She is responsible for cooperation with industry. Since 2015, Ekaterina is teaching Project Management, Marketing and PR courses to Master students enrolled in the Lighting Design program at CLD. Ekaterina’s major research interests are International Marketing for Creative Industries, Entrepreneurship and Business Development for Designers

Svetlana Kolgushkina
Lecturer at CLD ITMO University

Master of engineering and technology. Graduated with honors from MPEI (Technical University). Member of the creative association of lighting designers RULD. Working experience in the field of lighting design is 6 years. She has experience in such projects as “Formula of light: research of light medium of Volkhonka district”, “The Complex Development Program of the city St. Petersburg (Russia) as the center of lighting culture for the period 2018 – 2030 with the perspective to 2050”. Research and educational activities are since 2015.

 

Dr. Nikolay Matveev
Assistant Professor

Dr. Nikolay Matveev is an Assistant Professor and a Director of the international project ‘V-Goray’ developed by multidisciplinary group of artists, engineers and physicians from Lux Aeterna Theatre (Hungary), ITMO University (Russia) and Pavlov State Medical University (Russia). Nikolai is actively involved in the design and development of audiovisual experiential restorative environments for stress relief, combining laser projections and sound. The project results are being tested for the use in healthcare institutions and office spaces to improve well-being of patients and increase productivity at the workplace. The scope of his research interests lies at the intersection of non-imaging laser, mental health and well-being, lighting design and art. Nikolai has more than 20 published research papers and one patent. His educational and research background is in lighting engineering, optoelectronics and non-imaging laser systems.

Anastasiia Davidchick
Lecturer

Master of technical physics (lighting design), CLD ITMO University. Currently she is a lighting designer and researcher of the spectral characteristics of light and their effect on the transformation of architectural forms

Svetlana Kolgushkina
Dr. Nikolay Matveev
Anastasiia Davidchick