ABOUTCOMPANY

Lighting Planners Associates (LPA) is an organisation of lighting specialists established in 1990 led by Kaoru Mende. The goal of LPA is to design and build outstanding lighting environments that enrich our architectural and lighting culture. Today, LPA has a total of 60 unique lighting specialists at its offices in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. While the majority of LPA projects are in the area of architectural lighting design, its many outstanding design accomplishments have reached to residential, hotel, office, commercial, public space, and landscape lighting as well as full-scale urban lighting projects. LPA is regarded as a leading lighting consultancy in the world.

PROFILE

Company Policy

The most important aspect of lighting design is learning from natural light. Through the designing for superior lighting environments, LPA strives to create comfortable, yet inspiring environments of daily life.

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Corporate Outline

Lighting Planners Associates

Tokyo Office
Lighting Planners Associates Inc.
5-28-10, Jingumae, Shibuya - ku, Tokyo, Japan 150-0001
Tel : ( 81 ) 3 5469 1022
Fax : ( 81 ) 3 5469 1023
Email : lpa@lighting.co.jp

Singapore Office
Lighting Planners Associates (S) Pte. Ltd.
51B Neil Road, Singapore 088829
Tel : ( 65 ) 6734 3086
Fax : ( 65 ) 6734 2786
Email : singapore@lighting.co.jp

Hong Kong Office
Lighting Planners Associates (HK) Ltd.
Unit G, 9/F Tung Kin Factory Building, 196-202 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, Hong Kong
Tel : ( 852 ) 2578 9007
Fax : ( 852 ) 2578 9116
Email : hongkong@lighting.co.jp

BUSINESS CONTENTS

1. Planning and Design

For a successful and elaborate lighting scheme, LPA recommends being commissioned for all the phases in every project. These phases include a wide range of services classified in the following order:

1.1 Concept Design
1.2 Schematic Design
1.3 Design Development
1.4 Tender and Award
1.5 Construction Supervision
1.6 Final Commissioning 

Such detailed services are used in a wide range of projects in:
1. Architecture and Interiors
Office Complexes, Museums, Theaters and Auditoriums, Retail and Commercial Facilities, Hospitality Buildings, Residential Buildings, Healthcare, Transportation Facilities, Sports Facilities, Civic and Institutional Buildings, Educational and Religious Buildings
2. Exterior and Urban Environment Planning
Lighting Masterplan for cities, Landscape Areas, Gardens, Parks, Bridges and Monuments
3. Temporary Facilities Events, Exhibitions

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2. Consulting

For projects in which detailed phase-wise involvement is not required, LPA offers consultancy services within which we contribute to the overall improvement in the visual environment. Such consultancy services are generally of the nature of limited time-based involvement in the following areas:

1. Consultation to Corporate firms on effective and efficient usage of their illuminated environments
2. Consultation to City Authorities and likewise organizations on procedures of evaluation and guidelines for the lighting aspect within Urban, Environmental and Architectural projects
3. Research and Analysis of existing illuminated environments

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3. Research and Development

LPA engages extensively in lighting product development, concept planning and applications design. We are also involved in collaborative development with industry manufacturers on product and systems design.
LPA has intellectual assets to research the effects of light and applies them to the following:

1. Design and development of new lighting fixtures
2. Research and development of lighting design concepts for innovative projects
3. Research and development of new lighting details, methods
4. Investigative studies for the lighting industry dealing with effects of light on human behavior and cityscapes

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4. Education and Cultural Awareness

LPA is constantly involved in lighting design education and tries to boost the prestige of lighting culture on a regional as well as global scale. The approach is to create an awareness of the benefits of good lighting and encourage good lighting practices across all demographics. LPA has experience in the following areas:

1. Exhibitions, lectures, symposiums and seminars on subjects of lighting
2. Essays, Articles, Columns and Interviews for Publications
3. Media Appearances (television, radio etc) as Guest Speakers to promote lighting awareness

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PROCESS

Phase 1: Concept Design <To Conceptualise a Scheme>

We like to be involved in projects right from the early stages (Concept Design Phase + Schematic Design Phase) to fully consider what the concept and theme should be for the lighting design. We use this phase to properly understand the architectural intent and strategy, and then based on the lighting requirements, are able to prepare a lighting design concept.

1. Attendance in development and architectural project orientation
2. Survey of the lighting environment surrounding the project site
3. Review of reference images and/or study of possibly helpful lighting
environments as case studies
4. Brainstorming and concept design workshops
5. Further study through lighting concept drawings and scale models
6. Development of a lighting master plan and/or strategy
7. Presentation of the lighting concept design

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Phase 2: Schematic Design <Designing of a Basic Lighting Scheme>

Based on the approved lighting concept, during this phase we present the necessary lighting effects and techniques for a project. Generally, there is always more than one possible lighting method, and we like to consider as many options as possible without limiting our freedom of thought and targeting the given conditions of a project. Also, approximate cost estimates are analysed through feasibility studies.

1. Study and analysis of various lighting methods
2. Study through the use of models with lighting effects and/or simulations
3. Development of CG simulations and/or CG renderings
4. Schematic lighting fixtures layout and schedules
5. Schematic lighting control systems if considered necessary for the project
6. General outline of lighting control systems and operation schedules
7. General calculation of designed illuminance levels if necessary
8. Calculation of approximate cost estimates

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Phase 3: Design Development <Designing of Lighting Details>

During this phase, we target feasible options from our initial design framework for finalisation. After many consultations with the Client, architects, and other consultants on the project, we analyse our design in greater detail to prepare documentation for approval. LPA lays emphasis on the overall cost of the lighting proposal and maintenance-friendly design during this phase.

1. Detailed analysis of lighting effects through mock ups
2. Finalisation of lighting fixtures layout and performance specifications
3. Design of custom-made light fixtures
4. Analysis of mounting details and coordination with architectural details
5. Operation schedules
6. Cost estimates
7. Design revisions due to budget adjustments

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Phase 4: Tender <From Preparation of Documents to Award>

During this stage, we will recommend to the Client, suitable contractors and/or suppliers/manufacturers who may be invited to submit tenders for the lighting works and supply contract, and assist the Client and other appropriate professional consultants where necessary in short-listing of tenderers. Drawings, Specifications, Schedules and Details that are necessary for the sake of complete comprehension of our design intention and strategy are given to the tenderers. We also assist the Client in evaluating the tender returns and the acceptability of the prices quoted. Interviews and sample tests are also part and parcel of this stage.

1. Preparation of tender documents
2. Clarification of any doubts, queries raised by the tenderer or vice versa
3. Evaluation of tender returns
4. Interviews of the tenderers along with the Client and other consultants
5. Analysing acceptability of tender offer including cost

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Phase 5: Site Supervision <Supervising the Lighting Installation>

Lighting design can only be complete at the construction site. Many times, drawings alone cannot correctly communicate our design intent and to clarify our ideas to the builders on-site, we hold a special lighting design briefing. We also anticipate the process and flow of each construction site to confirm lighting effects through mock up experiments on-site or to adjust for other design changes. Focusing and coordination of operation scene changes are important steps just before the final commissioning.

1. Explanation of lighting design intent and key points to builders
2. Participation in on-site meetings
3. Response to design changes and design revisions
4. Checks and coordination of architectural shop drawings with the lighting scheme
5. Checks and approval of light fixture shop drawings
6. Supervision of custom-made fixtures
7. On-site supervision of lighting mock ups
8. Inspection of status of construction
9. Final lighting adjustments, focusing, and supervision of lighting control system

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Phase 6: Site Commissioning <Completing the Project>

During this stage, we conduct the final setting up of the lighting scenes to our satisfaction and to match the design intention. A maintenance schedule is prepared and handed over to the Client for future reference. The Client and consultants are usually invited to the site to see for themselves the lighting effect and feedback is taken. Minor tweaking to the lighting effect may be made during this stage. Any defects noticed are notified to the relevant parties for immediate rectification within the Defects Liability Period. A certificate of completion is also handed over to the Client from us.

1. Site visits to supervise the final scene setting and light effects
2. Engaging the Client and other consultants in site walk through to show the final effect
3. Assessing any damages or defects requiring rectification

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TEAM

Angkana Kongchatri

Angkana Kongchatri

Atsushi Itakura

Atsushi Itakura

Bryan Yan

Bryan Yan

Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong

Chika Makabe

Chika Makabe

Clement Lee

Clement Lee

Emiko Nagata

Emiko Nagata

Genki Watanabe

Genki Watanabe

Haruka Sakoda

Haruka Sakoda

Hikaru Kimura

Hikaru Kimura

Hu Lin

Hu Lin

Isao Nemoto

Isao Nemoto

Jinmu Li

Jinmu Li

Jio Yeung

Jio Yeung

Junko Nagatomo

Junko Nagatomo

Kaoru Mende

Kaoru Mende

Karen Huang

Karen Huang

Kentaro Tanaka

Kentaro Tanaka

Kouki Iwanaga

Kouki Iwanaga

Kyoko Takubo

Kyoko Takubo

Leon Hitsu

Leon Hitsu

Mami Kono

Mami Kono

Mari Kubota

Mari Kubota

Masafumi Yamamoto

Masafumi Yamamoto

Masahiro Iwata

Masahiro Iwata

Mayumi Banno

Mayumi Banno

Mikine Yamamoto

Mikine Yamamoto

Misa Fujii

Misa Fujii

Misuzu Nakamura

Misuzu Nakamura

Momoko Muraoka

Momoko Muraoka

Motoyo Yano

Motoyo Yano

Niken Wulandari

Niken Wulandari

Noriko Higashi

Noriko Higashi

Phraporn Kasemtavornsilpa

Phraporn Kasemtavornsilpa

Quratuaini Bte Jamil

Quratuaini Bte Jamil

Raba'a Bte Tainy

Raba'a Bte Tainy

Reiko Kasai

Reiko Kasai

Rosana Choy

Rosana Choy

Ryan Valentino

Ryan Valentino

Sachiko Segawa

Sachiko Segawa

Shaohua Chen

Shaohua Chen

Sherri Goh

Sherri Goh

Shosaku Takahashi

Shosaku Takahashi

Shunichi Ikeda

Shunichi Ikeda

Simeng Huang

Simeng Huang

Sunyoung Hwang

Sunyoung Hwang

Tomohiro Mukaihira

Tomohiro Mukaihira

Xu Xiao

Xu Xiao

Yu Ye

Yu Ye

Yuhang Zhong

Yuhang Zhong

Yukiko Saito

Yukiko Saito

Yumi Honda

Yumi Honda

Yuri Araki

Yuri Araki

Yusuke Hattori

Yusuke Hattori

AWARDS

Over years of contribution to the professional lighting industry, LPA has won numerous awards for various notable projects.

DATE PROJECT AWARD PRESENTER
May 2016 'Minna no Mori' Gifu Media Cosmos International Lighting Design Award / Award of Merit + Sustainability IALD
May 2016 Aman Tokyo International Lighting Design Award / Award of Merit IALD
Aug 2015 The Otemachi Tower Lighting Design Award / Award of Excellence IEI-J
Jun 2015 d'Leedon Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2015 Victoria Theatre &
Victoria Concert Hall
Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2014 PARKROYAL on Pickering Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2014 The Interlace Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2014 InterContinental Osaka Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
May 2014 Gardens by the Bay, Bay South Award of Merit Building and Construction Authority Singapore
Oct 2013 Gardens by the Bay, Bay South Illumination Award / Award of Distinction IES
Oct 2013 Preservation and Restoration of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Oct 2013 The Star Vista & The Star Performing Arts Centre Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Oct 2013 Reflections at Keppel Bay Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 2013 Gardens by the Bay, Bay South Lamp Award for Urban and Landscape Lighting LAMP
Jun 2012 Louis Vuitton at Marina Bay Sands Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2012 NUS Education Resource Centre Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2012 The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
May 2012 St. Regis OSAKA International Lighting Design Award / Award of Merit IALD
May 2011 Aman New Delhi International Lighting Design Award / Award of Excellence IALD
Nov 2010 Lighting Masterplan for Singapore's City Centre Singapore President's Design Award 2010 Design Singapore Council
May 2010 Alila Villas Uluwatu Bali Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
May 2010 ION Orchard Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
May 2010 Tang Plaza Façade Enhancement Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2009 Swarovski Ginza Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2009 Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Reconstruction of MEIJI JINGU [akarium] Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2009 Alexandra Arch Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2008 National Museum of Singapore Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2008 Midland Square Illumination Award / Award of Excellence IES
May 2008 Midland Square International Lighting Design Award / Award of Special Citation IALD
Jul 2007 Kyoto State Guest House Japan Lighting Award IEI-J
Jul 2007 OMOTESANDO akarium Illumination Award / Award of Excellence IES
Jul 2007 Supreme Court of Singapore Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 2007 Chino Cultural Complex Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 2007 A&A Changi Airport Terminal 2 Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
May 2007 Chino Cultural Complex International Lighting Design Award / Radiance Award IALD
May 2007 A&A Changi Airport Terminal 2 International Lighting Design Award / Award of Merit IALD
Jun 2006 One George Street Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2006 Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant International Lighting Design Award / Award of Excellence IALD
Jun 2006 Kyoto State Guest House Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2006 Kyoto State Guest House Award of Merit IALD
May 2006 Chino Cultural Complex Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 2006 Kagawa Prefectural Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 2006 Kansai Electric Power Company Bldg.,liv-lit Japan Lighting Award IEI-J
Sep 2005 Shiodome Sumitomo Building Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Sep 2005 W Seoul Walkerhill Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2005 Nonoichi Town Hall Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Sep 2004 Kani Public Art Center ala Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Sep 2004 Shiodome SIO-SITE Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jun 2004 Nagasaki National Peace Memorial for The Atomic Bomb Victims Japan Lighting Award IEI-J
Jun 2004 Moerenuma Park Glass Pyramid Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jun 2004 Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center / Toki Messe Bandaijima Building Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jun 2004 Sakura Hall Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jun 2004 Nippon Express Building Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jun 2004 Royal Park Shiodome Tower Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jun 2004 Toyota Institute Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Aug 2003 OASIS 21 Illumination Award / Award of Distinction IES
May 2003 Katta General Public Hospital Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 2003 OASIS 21 Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 2003 Dentsu Head Office Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 2003 Catholic Hatsudai Church Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 2003 Aqua World Oarai Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Mar 2003 Sendai Mediatheque Honorable Mention IALD
Aug 2002 Osaka Maritime Museum Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Aug 2002 Iwate Museum of Art Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Aug 2002 National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Aug 2002 Uchinada Ohashi Bridge Ishikawa Good View prize Ishikawa pref., Public Works division
May 2001 Tokyo Takarazuka Building Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 2001 Grand Arc Hanzomon Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jan 1999 Okiden Naha Building Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jan 1999 Okiden Naha Building Letter of Appreciation The Okinawa Electric Power Co.
Jan 1999 Hotel Nikko Fukuoka Chapel Priere Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jan 1998 Toyohashi Station Deck AACA Award (Special Award) Japan Association of Artists,Craftsmen and Architects (AACA)
May 1997 Tokyo International Forum International Lighting Design Award / Award of Excellence IALD
May 1997 Waterfront City Symbol Promenade Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 1997 Otemachi Nomura Bldg. Open Plaza Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 1997 Takashimaya Times Square Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jan 1997 Waterfront City Symbol Promenade Townscape Award Urban Design Center
Jul 1996 Shinjuku I-Land Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 1996 Waterfront City Symbol Promenade Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 1996 Osaka World Trade Center Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 1996 Kyoto Concert Hall Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
May 1996 Shinjuku I-Land Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Jul 1995 Toyonokuni Library for Resources Illumination Award / Award of Excellence IES
Jul 1995 Beppu Park Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 1995 NTT CRED Motomachi Bldg. Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 1995 Tokyo Marine Insurance Seminar Center Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 1995 National Yokohama Int'l Convention Hall Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
May 1995 Kyoto Concert Hall Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 1995 National Yokohama Int'l Convention Hall Citation IALD
Apr 1995 M in M Project Letter of Appreciation M in M
Jul 1994 Panasonic Data & Communication Center Edwin F.Guth Memorial Special Citation IES
Jul 1994 Toyota Amlux Osaka Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
Jul 1994 Izumigo Plaza Hotel - Tateshina Illumination Award / Award of Merit IES
May 1994 Tokyo Tatsumi Arena Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
May 1994 Yasuda Life Insurance Seminar Center Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J
Apr 1994 Beppu Park Letter of Appreciation Mayor of Beppu City
May 1993 Panasonic Data & Communication Center Good Lighting Design Award IEI-J