Light.func readies for Saudi Arabia with new associate – Lighting Magazine

Light.func readies for Saudi Arabia with new associate

Continuing its successes across UAE and Tanzania, independent studio Light.Func has appointed Abeer Nowailaty to head up strategic operations based in Jeddah.

Nowailaty brings with her over 10 years’ experience in lighting design, with a passion for architectural lighting. 

Abeer has extensive experience in lighting solutions for historical buildings within Saudi Arabia and holds both a B.Sc Architecture and MFA from Parsons Creative School, NYC. 

Her role for Light.Func will be pivotal to regional growth and developing existing relationships with consultancies with the kingdom. 

‘We see this as a strategic move, and is in line with the consensus that Light.Func brings as a strong local brand,’ said founder and design director Sakina Dugawalla-Moeller.

‘Light.Func is a lighting design studio that is driven by excellence in lighting everywhere we work, so having the right people is as crucial as the projects we work on”

The new hire represents an increased investment into partnerships with firms within the region, with a specific focus on the growth in Saudi Arabia. 

The construction industry is a major contributor to Saudi Arabia’s economy and accounts for more than 6 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. 

The kingdom’s bold Vision 2030 aims to diversify and strengthen the economy, with analysts predicting the construction sector to grow at 6 per cent CAGR over the next five years (dependent on any growth headwinds due to Covid-19 outbreak).

Light.Func has positioned itself with a strong offering across its multi-disciplinary lighting design team, driven by creativity and passion for award-wining, innovative lighting design to create a positive impact for the wider community. 

‘I’m excited to represent an independent studio who are invested in the Middle East, and care about the region both from an aesthetic, environmental, socio-political and cultural perspectives. To reintroduce lighting not only as a fixture, but as an essence that can create the very notion of an architectural space; or even a sense of place that can spill out onto the public realm’, said Nowailaty.