Continuing its successes across UAE and Tanzania, Light.Func appoints Abeer Nowailaty to head up strategic operations based in Jeddah.
In anticipated growth for Saudi Arabia’s plans towards Vision 2030, Light.Func welcomes new Associate Abeer Nowailaty to the team, to be based in Jeddah.
Nowailaty brings with her over ten years’ experience in lighting design, with a passion for architectural lighting. Abeer has extensive experience in lighting solutions for historical buildings within Saudi Arabia and holds both a B.Sc Architecture and MFA from Parsons Creative School, NYC. Her role for Light.Func will be pivotal to regional growth and developing existing relationships with consultancies with the kingdom.
“We see this as a strategic move, and is in line with the consensus that Light.Func brings as a strong local brand. Light.Func is a lighting design studio that is driven by excellence in lighting everywhere we work, so having the right people is as crucial as the projects we work on.” – Sakina Dugawalla-Moeller, Founder & Design Director, Light.func
Saudi Arabia poised for strong growth
The new hire represents an increased investment into partnerships with firms within the region, with a specific focus on the growth in Saudi Arabia. The construction industry is a major contributor to Saudi Arabia’s economy and accounts for more than 6% of the country’s gross domestic product.
The Kingdom’s bold Vision 2030 aims to diversify and strengthen the economy, with analysts predicting the construction sector to grow at 6% CAGR over the next five years (dependent on any growth headwinds due to COVID-19 outbreak).
Light.Func has positioned itself with a strong offering across its multi-disciplinary lighting design team, driven by creativity and passion for award-wining, innovative lighting design to create a positive impact for the wider community. “I’m excited to represent an independent studio who are invested in the Middle East, and care about the region both from an aesthetic, environmental, socio-political and cultural perspectives. To reintroduce lighting not only as a fixture, but as an essence that can create the very notion of an architectural space; or even a sense of place that can spill out onto the public realm.”, says Nowailaty.
An independent lighting consultancy, born in Dubai and servicing the MENA region. Since 2016, Light.Func has designed and executed lighting projects in partnerships with several consultancies across commercial, F&B, residential, hospitality and heritage developments. Light.Func services range from concepts to schematic, detail design, site supervision and contract administration. Key projects include EY Wavespace at Emirates Towers, the world’s first Safety & Evacuation Aviation Centre at the Mohamed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub and the award-winning A’Cappella restaurant. Light.Func is also heavily involved in the education and awareness of lighting with Light.ication, and Women in Lighting initiatives.