We are an award-winning boutique lighting design consultancy with a presence in Dubai and Dar es Salaam, providing a unique approach to spaces: creativity is key and technical know-how is second to none. Our services range from a purely conceptual scope, spanning schematic, detail design and site supervision & commissioning.

APPROACH

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creative

As an independent lighting design studio with an innate love for architecture & design, we create & implement concepts that are tailor-made works of art and conscious thinking.

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passionate

A collection of individuals who work with light using the psychology of seeing. Direction, colour, intensity, of light - can completely change one’s perception - our objective is to maximise each space's function & aesthetic.

Daylight first, then artificial - we apply light to human form, using light to reveal and hide; creating holistic spaces in which we, as humans, thrive. Interior and exterior spaces are approached creatively and through technical acumen.

expert

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Design is a conscious & unconscious ability, created through careful attention to detail. Lighting reveals that detail by focusing on the little elements that make each space unique. Consciously battling the misconception of the importance of light, this is our visual story.

versatile

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TEAM

Light.Funcers

Our diverse team is not only multi-talented, but understand the intricacies of lighting, design and execution. A quirky bunch of individuals who get it done. Our motto is to awaken spaces with light, with uncompromised quality

Sakina Dugawalla-Moeller
Rouwaida Dugawalla
Feisal Abasi

Sakina Dugawalla-Moeller

Rouwaida Dugawalla

Feisal Abasi

Founder 

Managing Director

Manager - Specifications & Marketing

Borne out of a flair and passion for the creative, Sakina is founder of Light.Func. Gregarious in nature, she leads the team in executing design of the highest creative and technical quality. With almost fifteen years' Lighting Design experience in the Middle East, Sakina goes beyond just design, being actively involved in education and the lighting community at large. Her ability to understand clients' requests, whilst balancing Architectural/Landscape/Interior Design detailing is unique, and coins what Light.Func stands for!

Rouwaida, otherwise known as Rou, is the Business Director across all our regions. She is instrumental in the growth of the Studio from its inception in 2016. Making all the right calls, Rou takes care of all Clients commercially, including reviewing budgets for Projects that are under design. Her role ensures efficiency of the team, all projects are audited and executed to the Design intent, each of which is unique. She is in charge of all Administrative, human Resource and Financial planning for the Studio. Rou is our beacon of light - her positivity & enthusiasm is second to none!

Feisal spearheads the identity of the studio, from new markets and creating works of art with how the brand is represented - on all media channels. With a keen creative eye for detail, he leads our Specifications for all projects - ensuring Concept & Design Intent is gracefully transformed into Technical Documentation. He also is our vital QAQC port of call on all our submissions, often pulling all nighters at submission time - all with his easy-going nature. Fey is also our resident comedian!

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Priyanka Viegas
Janno Cuenco

Janno Cuenco

Priyanka Viegas

Senior Technical Designer

Senior Lighting Designer

Firdaus Hamyar

Studio Administration & Leadership

Fida is an organized individual that is passionate about raising operational efficiency within the studio. She works alongside the Founder and Managing Director on all Administrative, Human Resources & Finance aspects of the Studio.  With a natural flair in management and her sunny nature, she is instrumental in ensuring all Light.Funcers are treated fairly & never out of any needs! Fida is also the nicest person on the team - true story.

A visualiser by experience, Priyanka possesses both a BAID and Masters in Marketing. She is driven by her passion to produce design that astounds. Innately artistic, she uses software to bring the studio's creativity to life . Like all artistic souls, she will not stop until her vision is reproduced. Possessing almost 10 years' experience in visualisation and Lighting Design, Priyanka now manages her own projects in her new Senior role within the Studio. 

Janno is our in-house Architect, AutoCAD guru, and resident gentleman. With over a decade's experience in leading architectural & engineering teams, he leads the team in all aspects of technical drawings with an eye for detail. Driven by perfecting all aspects of design, he inspires the rest of the team to a higher level of excellence. Recently moving to BIM modelling, his influence on the quality of our submissions is of the highest importance!

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Binesh Chandra

Binesh Chandra

Senior Visual & Technical Designer

Andrea El Osta

Intermediate Lighting Designer

Andrea is a Creative Mind. With  an intrinsic artistic lens on all things on life, she is growing into a Senior Lighting Design Role. After her Masters In Lighting from the Politecnico Milano, Andrea moved to the UAE under various roles which added to her skill-set in not only Lighting Design, but Product Design and Business Development. Another one who seems quiet, but really very passionate, especially about visual progression of design, adding art to light! She is instrumental to the future growth of the studio.

Binesh  is a passionate designer with over 10 years experience working in the Middle East. With a technical chemistry background, he has a natural flair for software and complex technicality  - a perfect combination to produce exemplary lighting design. With attention to detail, he leaves no detail unturned. He has an excellent nature and is always willing to raise the bar within our studio. Add on his programming skills, patience in teaching the value of Script(ing) and efficiency is on the cards!

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Reem Yassin

Lighting Designer

Pleased to have another designer from the African Sub-continent to complete our diversity, Reem is a trained Architect, with a keen interest and love for light - just what Light.Func is about. She brings with her quite a varied set of influence - both to the team and the lighting industry. She may come across as quiet, but here is another star in the making. From Lumion to Revit - she is keen to hone her skills even further, in Sustainability - indeed a well-rounded designer in the making. We see Reem progressing to a Senior role very soon!

Gayle Coutinho
Mikhail Punsalan
Donna Lyn Cada

Gayle Coutinho

Mikhail Punsalan

Lighting Designer

Technical Designer

Donna Lyn Cada

Document Controller & Coordinator

Gayle is a creative 3D modeler who has a strong passion for Lighting Design. 18 months into her Lighting Journey, she has progressed into a competent and talented Lighting Designer.
Her role within Light.Func is in developing Concepts, using Sketches and Calculation software to implement them . She is an all-rounder, picking up skills (fast, fast - to quote her!) so fast that there is no aspect of the Design Process she cannot handle or execute. 

Mikhail is the latest addition to our Technical prowess as a team. With a decade's worth of experience in different roles, he brings to our Studio a fundamental & uncompromising skill to ensure, improve and maintain the quality of detail we are known for. From AutoCAD, BIM and coordination skills comes an irreplaceable team member. Recently, with his keen understanding of BIM requirements, he has excelled in ensuring we deliver aspects of BIM that is still new to the Lighting Industry!

Donna can only be described as a literally no-nonsense. A multi-tasker, immaculate organiser & planner, she complete the Light.Func team. Donna ensures compliance to project standards, timely unmissed submissions, recorded project history & planning as well as adherence to deadlines. Beyond just accuracy and timely submissions, she has become a mentor to the Team, especially when the pressure is on! She assists with our Specifications, feeds us, is incredibly fun and has an enviable sense of style!