Nathalie Rozot, Founder, Executive Director

Nathalie Rozot is a phototect and a phototectural critic. She situated her planning and design practice and academic service in lighting design in 2000, after working for over ten years in product, exhibition, architecture, landscape and urban design. A former Director for l’Observatoire International, she started her own design and research practice in 2006 and founded Photic in 2008, a cleantech start-up company for innovative and alternative lighting solutions.

Rozot is the recipient of grants from the City of Paris and the New York State Council for the Arts and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the MacDowell Colony and the Graham Foundation for Architecture. Her lighting designs received awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), received fiscal sponsorship from NYFA and the Van Alen Institute and were finalists on prestigious international competitions.

Rozot has been a professor and senior thesis faculty in Parsons’ Masters program in Lighting Design and a senior guest lecturer in landscape architecture Masters programs in Versailles and Lille, and she regularly serves as an academic and professional juror. She is a former education columnist for the IES’s publication LD+A and she has published and lectured internationally on social and critical issues in lighting.

Miina Matsuoka

Miina Matsuoka, Administrative Manager

Miina Matsuoka grew up in Vienna, Tokyo and Moscow and moved to New York City in 1994. She is the former Vice President and Business Developer at l’Observatoire International.

Matsuoka received a BA in Mathematics from New York University, and she is currently pursuing a Masters of International Public Policy at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.


Francesca Bastianini (Board of Directors)


Stephen Horner (Board of Directors)

Board of Advisors


Brooke S. Carter, Principal, Jan & Brooke Luminae

Brooke Silber Carter co-founded Jan & Brooke Luminae with Jan Moyer. She is a lighting designer with a wide ranging experience on diverse assortment of projects including large-scale public works, corporate facilities, retail establishments and residences. She contributes to the lighting design community in multiple capacities, she is part-time faculty at Parsons the New School for Design, and she serves on professional committees such as for the IES.


Margaret Maile Petty, Head of the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Margaret Maile Petty‘s research investigates the discourse, production, and representation of lighting design within modern architecture and interiors. After completing her doctoral studies at the Bard Graduate Center (NYC), she has focused on innovation in design education through teaching, curriculum development, programme and school management.


Brian McGrath, Professor of Urban Design, Parsons the New School for Design

Brian McGrath is the founder of Urban-Interface and a principle researcher in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. McGrath served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Thailand, an India China Institute Fellow, Dean of Parsons School of Constructed Environments as well as the Research Director in the US-EU Transatlantic exchange program Urbanisms of Inclusion.


Roger Narboni, Founder, Concepto

Roger Narboni, PLDA, ACE, founded Concepto in 1988 and has since realized more than a hundred lighting master plans for cities worldwide. He is the founder and past president of the non-profit Concepteurs Lumière Sans Frontières, and a co-founder of the Association Concepteurs Eclairage. He is the author of several books and many other publications on lighting.


Maria Thompson, Ph.D., CTO, Photic

Maria Thompson formerly practiced as a lighting designer and a principal applications scientist. Her main area of research comprised automated tunable LED systems for energy performance involving design & development of LED systems, as well as experiments to assess visual perception. She received a Ph.D. in Computation and Design from MIT.