Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Team Member Spotlight

Q+A with Miory Kanashiro

Lighting Designer, Chicago

How do you describe your job to people outside of the industry?

I’m an architectural lighting designer, which means I figure out how to best highlight spaces, picking the best luminaires for each application and doing calculations to verify my work. I work closely with architects and engineers every day, collaborating on the integration of lighting into different types of buildings and exterior spaces.

Why did you decide to become a lighting designer?

I was interested in a career that incorporates both engineering and design so I decided to study architectural engineering with a focus on lighting / electrical systems. I’ve always had a passion for design so I was drawn towards lighting where I get to use my artistic and technical skills, blending both to achieve a concept that is functional and beautiful.

How would you describe life at Ghafari?

It varies from day to day and that makes it: engaging, ever-changing, challenging, enjoyable. We work on all types of projects of varying sizes so it’s always exciting. A diverse group of colleagues also creates a fun atmosphere where I get the opportunity to collaborate with architects and engineers on projects and also get to do other activities like yoga, plan office parties and outings, sporting events, etc.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened during your time at Ghafari?

Traveling to Colombia for an on-site kick-off meeting for an airport project and exploring local airports. I enjoy traveling so I've really enjoyed visiting “behind the scenes” areas that I would not have had access to otherwise. Having the opportunity to travel for projects to see the buildings in person before and after design is a major perk.

What is a key idea or lesson you have learned while working at Ghafari?

Even after being in the lighting industry for so many years, there is always something new to learn. Since joining Ghafari, I’ve worked on many aviation projects and have learned so much about how airports work, the different areas and building types we don’t typically get to see as passengers. I have also learned new terminology and different lighting requirements and fixture types for each of these areas. There are so many new things I’m learning every day; it’s never static.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love traveling, exploring events around the city and trying new restaurants.