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Kim Straatemeier

Architectural Lighting Specialist

About

Kim Straatemeier is an experienced lighting specialist based in Melbourne, Australia. Kim’s extensive experience has given him a unique understanding of how lighting and environment can have a profound effect on behaviour and emotions.

My background is in theatre and events lighting. I studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, graduating in 2010, and majored in Technical Theatre Production with an emphasis on Lighting Design and Production Management. Since NIDA I have worked both internationally and domestically on world-class festivals and events, as well as productions in London and on Broadway.

I have been involved in the Architectural Lighting industry for eight years, starting my career with the design firm Firefly Point of View (FPOV) in their Melbourne studio. Due to the relatively small size of our team in Melbourne, I was fortunate enough to gain exposure and experience across a broad range of projects. The environment was highly collaborative, something I have always enjoyed in the workplace, and required me to work efficiently both in teams and as an individual.

By the end of my three-year tenure at FPOV I had worked my way up to Intermediate Designer, running projects from the concept design stages through to documentation, construction administration, and commissioning.

Whilst working at FPOV I also completed a two-year RMIT University Lighting Engineering and Design course, recognised by the International Engineering Society of Australia (IES). I am now a Member of the IES and a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

For the past five years, I have worked for WSP Australia, an international Engineering firm. My work at WSP has exposed me to many different projects of various sizes and has required me to build not only on my design skills but my people management as well. My focus whilst at WSP has been large scale infrastructure projects, working closely with Government bodies including MTM, Melbourne City Council and the Level Rail Crossing Removal Authority. This work has required a high level of technical skill as well as a detailed understanding of the Australian Standards, MTM Standards and other transport related guidelines that govern Lighting within Australia.

I love this work and continually strive to improve and develop my skills, no matter the project. I feel passionately about the key role of lighting design within today’s construction industry and am excited for what the future will bring

Work Experience

WSP Australia

Senior Lighting Designer

Architectural lighting design for commercial projects with a focus on Hospitality, Commercial and Infrastructure lighting.

Dec 2020 – Present

Lighting Designer

Architectural lighting design for commercial projects with a focus on Hospitality, Commercial and Infrastructure lighting.

Feb 2017 – Dec 2020

Firefly Point of View

Lighting Designer

Architectural lighting design, and audiovisual systems design for commercial projects both domestic and international with a focus on Hospitality Lighting.

Aug 2013 – Feb 2017

Freelance Lighting Designer

Theatre Lighting Designer

Theatre and Events Lighting Designer and Technician based in Sydney Australia.

Jan 2011 – Aug 2013

Education & Awards

Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand (IESANZ)
Award of Commendation

2021

Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand (IESANZ)
Award of Commendation

2019

RMIT University

Lighting Engineering and Design

 

2014-2015

National Institute of Dramatic Art

Bachelor of Technical Production

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s leading institution for education and training in theatre, film and television.

2008 – 2010