Originally from London, Spry graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College in London with a master’s degree in built environment, light and lighting. Previously, he earned a degree in English language and literature, but developed an interest in lighting design after reading Light in Japanese Architecture, by Henry Plummer. “His book inspired me to consider the poetic and sensual qualities of what our profession can deliver,” he said.
A member of the Illuminating Engineers Society (IES) and a board member for the Puget Sound Section of IES, he has earned several awards for his lighting work, including five IES International Illumination Design Awards, and the 2010 Palme Award for Best Use of Lighting in the hospitality and leisure category for the One&Only Royal Mirage Palm hotel in Dubai.
Outside the office, Spry is a board member with Street Yoga, a non-profit organization that promotes yoga and mindfulness as therapeutic tools for youths who have suffered trauma.
“Young people from all walks of life—particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds—deserve respite from what haunts them,” he said. “Once you are aware of the scale of suffering in our society, it’s impossible to turn away.”
Throughout his career, Spry has established successful working relationships within disparate teams and has distinguished himself as a collaborator in the design of high quality projects, from product design and manufacture through design, project management, construction and post-construction.
He said the greatest satisfaction is when a client experiences the finished product and discovers that the reality matches the vision.
“I once worked with a client representative who was rather taciturn and demanding throughout the design process; so when he saw the final result and replied, ‘It looks just like the concept rendering,’ we knew that we had realized his expectations,” Spry said.
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