mobile menu


Nathalie Rozot, President, CEO

Board of Directors

Nathalie Rozot, founder of PhoScope, is a phototect and a phototectural critic who has focused her professional and academic practices in phototecture since 2000, after working for over ten years in product, exhibition, architecture, landscape and urban design. She was a Director at l’Observatoire International for five years before launching groundbreaking design and research practices that specialize in 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; fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the MacDowell Colony and the Graham Foundation for Architecture; awards from Women in Lighting (WIL) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNA, IESNYC); fiscal sponsorship from NYFA and the Van Alen Institute; and her photal designs were finalists on prestigious international competitions.

She is a regular international keynote speaker with a strong track record of contributions to social and critical issues in lighting and to lighting and design education. These include speaking engagements, publications, a part-time professorship at The New School, and former engagements as senior guest lecturer in landscape architecture Masters programs in Versailles and Lille, senior thesis faculty in lighting design Masters programs, and education columnist for the IES’s publication LD+A.

Rozot holds a DEUG in Biology and a Diploma and a BTS from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Boulle. She is a IES member and an educator member of the IALD, and a proud member of the WIL community.

Miina Matsuoka

Miina Matsuoka, CMO

Board of Directors

Miina Matsuoka grew up in Vienna, Tokyo and Moscow before she moved to New York City in 1994. She has an extensive background as a business executive in architectural lighting design, and she is currently practicing as an independent consultant and as an artist with a focus on sustainable agricultural and nutritional practices in dense urban contexts.

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

Sophie Bruère, Light Artist

Board of Directors

Sophie Bruère is a light artist and designer who has lived in London, Paris and New York. She began her career in Ron Arad’studio in London and has worked with Yann Kersalé and at l’Observatoire International on urban light installations and design projects. In 2000, she launched an independent art and design practice in 2000 with a focus on lighting works in public space that support social change.

Bruère is the founder of the nonprofit Art Sponsor and the organizer of the “Gout de la Lumière” events. She has taught lighting at l’Ecole Bleue in Paris and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Paysage in Versailles and Lille. Bruère holds a degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.

Makalé Faber Cullen, Cultural Anthropologist

Cultural and Environmental Advisor, Board of Advisors

Makale Faber Cullen specializes in ethnography and material culture, and provides project research and strategy for designers, manufacturers, architects, retailers and educators. She is a former Director of Programs at Slow Food USA and the founder of LORE and The Wilderness of Wish, and she recently served as Head of Collections for “The Legacy Trades” Collections for the Library of Congress’ Occupational Folklife Project.

Faber Cullen has taught at CUNY and served on committees and boards for the New York Chapter of the AIA and the Southern Foodways Alliance, and as a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York and the New Jersey State Councils on the Arts and the Institute for Cultural Partnerships.

She holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology including a BA from George Mason University and a MA from the University of Virginia where she was a Commonwealth Fellow for Doctoral Studies.

Brooke S. Carter, Director of Lighting, BR+A

Board of Advisors

Brooke Silber Carter, Director of BR+A lighting studio, and former co-founder of Jan & Brooke Luminae, is an architectural and landscape lighting designer with a wide ranging experience in interior and exterior projects.
She contributes to the lighting design community in multiple capacities: she is a part-time professor at Parsons the New School for Design’ Masters in lighting, and she serves on professional committees such as for the IES.


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

Board of Advisors

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.

Maria Thompson, Ph.D., CTO, Photic

Board of Advisors

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.