Kevan Shaw

Kevan Shaw Lighting Design / Design Director

Kevan was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated from Loughborough University of Technology with a BSc in Economic and Technological History and Social Psychology in 1975. Kevan began his career as a lighting designer for rock bands including Jethro Tull, Ultravox, XTC, and Steve Hackett.

In 1989 Kevan returned to his native town of Edinburgh to practice as a lighting designer in the architectural and exhibition fields, establishing KSLD. While building up the practice, Kevan retained involvement in light art, collaborating during the 1990s on light sculptures and light and sound installations. Kevan now maintains a supervisory and executive role on all lighting design projects as Design Director of KSLD | EFLA Lighting Design.

Kevan is passionate about driving the profession forward, always seeking to keep at the forefront of developing technologies. He is considered an industry expert on LEDs, and the practice has become known for its innovative use of this technology. Kevan has extensive knowledge of research techniques and lighting technology. Between 2008 and 2011, Kevan held the post of Director of Sustainability within the PLDA. He is a Member of the Society of Light and Lighting, as well as having Chartered Engineer status through the Institute of Lighting Professionals. Kevan is dedicated to lighting education and gives frequent lectures at conferences and events. In November 2018, Kevan was formally inaugurated into the IALD College of Fellows. The IALD Fellow designation is awarded to members of the IALD for valuable contribution to the art and science of lighting design, and for their continued service to the IALD.

In 2019, Kevan was awarded the 2018 LIT Lighting Design Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

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