Tyson’s in house designer wins student of the year!

“Sarah showed remarkable talent for someone who has only worked in the lighting industry for just over two years and we are convinced will have great success in the years to come”. Paul Stearman MSLL, LIA Tutor

On 10th May the Lighting Industry Association held its Annual Luncheon to hear the Mackwell Outstanding Student of Year announced by LIA CEO Steve Davies.

While over 250 students completed the course, it was Sarah Burke, a 28 year old rising star from Knutsford who was awarded the accolade. Sarah’s “exemplary submission” established sustainable solutions and exceptional design. The proposed scheme was fully LED and utilised daylight linking and occupancy detection controls to further enhance the energy saving and cost benefits.

Sarah credits Tyson Lighting as giving her the freedom, in her role as Lighting Designer, to “explore the role that light plays in the human experience through creating concepts for bespoke luminaries and installations”. In a world where the scarcity of resources is a real and growing concern Sarah is, in her own words, driven by her sense of moral obligation to create solutions with environmental consciousness.

Tyson Lighting based in the historic Old Granada Studios building in Manchester is where Sarah initially started out as a Product Designer. Managing Director, Andrew Gibson, soon saw Sarah’s potential for Lighting Design. “Whilst designing sustainable lighting schemes there is equal focus on creating a space that is built to last; embracing new low energy usage technology and using ethical sourced renewable and recyclable material not to the detriment of the final product. Sarahs influence on Tysons should ensure both client and stranger both benefit from her designs. Her vision is a credit to the industry and I am delighted this has been recognised”. Andrew Gibson, Managing Director, Tyson Lighting.

What makes the success enjoyed by Sarah all the more fascinating is that she has only been working in lighting design for two years, albeit her background in Product Design has certainly given her an edge. Despite being relatively young in her career, Sarah has some heavyweight clients under belt, particularly in the restaurant world including Wrights Brothers Oyster Bar and The Alchemist.

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