Fu, who was raised in Virginia Beach and graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, said that when she started her career in lighting design more than 22 years ago, clients rarely understood the value of hiring a specialty lighting consultant to provide design services.
“In those days, few were willing to pay ‘extra’ for this design service,” she said. “At the turn of the century, sustainability and energy codes drove that need for lighting design expertise. Now the focus on human centric design, health and wellness is driving the need for better lighting.”
Today most projects involve a lighting designer in some capacity. Even managers of design-build projects are recognizing the value of having a lighting consultant provide full design services throughout the process.
Fu recently led WSP’s lighting design team for Balyasny Asset Management (BAM) in San Francisco, as well as MEP design services, working with VDTA in Chicago.
“The BAM project had a fun and energetic project team that we fully enjoyed collaborating with to achieve a successful outcome,” Fu said. “The client loves their space, which always makes everything worthwhile.”
And the beauty and functionality of facilities using creative, efficient lighting designs have made favorable impressions on the people who work and live in these buildings.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to hear that the users love their new space, and we have been fortunate enough to have these types of comments occur on many of our most recent completed projects,” Fu said.
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