Rafael Leão - About


Rafael Leão has been working in the lighting design field for 18 years, and in that time he has developed over 700 lighting residential and commercial projects in Brazil and America. Mr. Leão is a Bachelor of Architecture and a specialist in Built Environment and Energy Conservation, earning his degree from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2002. He received his Masters in Architecture with his thesis about Urban Lighting Masterplan in 2008 also from the same University. Rafael is a professional member of the IALD - International Association of Lighting Designers, the IES - Illuminating Engineering Society, and also a member of the AsBAI - Brazilian Association of Lighting Architects, where he served two terms as its president (2012 - 2015). He and his team worked to expand the Brazilian lighting design community resulting in a broader recognition nationally and internationally. His work as a lighting designer has been featured in several publications and websites and has earned Mr. Leão several significant awards by his peers in the US and Brazilian lighting societies. Rafael Leão regularly speaks at National and International Lighting Design Conferences and presents at Lighting Industry events across the world. In 2014 Mr. Leão was a workshop leader and a guest speaker at the 3rd EILD – Encuentro Iberoamericano of Lighting Designers in Medellin, Colombia. In 2013 he was a guest speaker at Parsons The New School for Design (New York City) and at Lighting Laboratory of the KTH – Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). In 2012 he was a guest speaker at the 2nd EILD in Querétaro, Mexico as well as at the 3rd LED Forum held in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2010 he was a guest speaker at the 12th Jornada Internacional de Iluminación in Mexico City, and in 2009, he presented an electronic paper at the Professional Lighting Design Convention held in Berlin.

  • IALD professional member - International Association of Lighting Designers
  • IES member - Illuminating Engineering Society
  • AsBAI member - Brazilian Association of Lighting Architects


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