Dean Skira, born in 1962, lighting designer with over twenty years of experience in designing innovative lighting solutions for urban, landscape, commercial and residential spaces. Even in his early childhood he was fascinated by light and its sources, strongly influenced by his father's professional work in stained glass. In 1986 he left for the USA to study lighting design and interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technologies in New York. In 1990 he established his own lighting design company and became a member of IES The Illuminating engineering society of North America, New York section within he specialised city and commercial lighting. He lives and works in Pula, Croatia from 1995. Skira is also member of the Croatian Designers Society and Croatian Lighting Association. His role in the international field of illumination has been confirmed by many international awards and publications.Lighting design project for town of Buzet in Croatia was awarded by the IES Award of Merit 2002. In 2006 he built his office building and was acknowledged for it by the International prize Dedalo Minosse for Commissioning a Building 2007-2008, nomination for the EU prize Mies Van der Rohe 2009, IES Award of Merit 2009 and publication in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. In 2010 his book "My light" was published by Arhitekst and Lupetti Editori di Comunicazione. His first lamp Lun-up, designed for iGuzzini, won the ARC Show Innovation award 2012 for the most innovative product, LDA award 2012 for the best external luminaire and the iF product design award 2013. Lighting design project for polyclinic Novamed won the IALD Special Citation award 2012 for the successful translation of a visual theme into light. His works have appeared in the most reliable architectural and lighting design magazines.At present he is working on several projects in Middle East, Russia, Slovenia, Italy, United Kingdom. Nowadays he regularly lectures in various universities and holds conferences from Italy, Germany, Israel, Brasil to USA. He promotes an architectural lighting design concept that goes beyond utilitarian where lighting can have high impact on person's emotional states.
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