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Kaoru Mende
Kaoru Mende Lighting Designer / Principal

He was born in Tokyo in 1950, earned a bachelors and masters degree from Tokyo University of theArts in the field of industrial and environmental design.In 1990, he founded Lighting Planners Associates Inc.The scope of his design and planning activities ranges widely from residential and architectural lighting design to urban and environmental lighting.He is also the acting chief ofthe “Lighting Detectives”, a citizens’ group that specializes in the study of the culture of lighting.
Awards He has received include the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) International Illuminating Design Award of Distinction, Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan (IEIJ) Japan Lighting Award, Japan Culture Design Award, Mainichi Design Award, and others.
He is a visiting professor of lighting design at Musashino Art University and a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University, Tokyo University of Art, and other institutions.
He is a member of the following associations, Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), Japan Urban Design Institute (JUDI), Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), and Japan Design Committee (JDC).
Books He has authored include, "Light, Light / Do you enjoy lighting?" (Tokyo Shoseki), "Guide of Lighting Design" (Shokokusha), “A Manner in Architectural Lighting Design” (TOTO Publishing),“Transnational Lighting Detectives” (Kajima Publishing), “LIGHTING DESIGN for Urban Environments and Architecture” (Rikuyosya), “Designing with Shadow” (Rikuyosya) and many other.