October 28, 1981

Short Bio Johann Gielen

Johann Gielen is a lighting designer and lecturer. He received his degree from HafenCity Universit├Ąt Hamburg in Urban Planning specializing in natural light art for public spaces. He studied Architectural Lighting Design at KTH Stockholm and Lighting Technology at TU Ilmenau.

Johann Gielen has a studio for independent lighting design in Hamburg. He previously headed the lighting design at Ulrike Brandi Licht. He was lighting design lead at Sharp LED Lighting and worked for WES Landscape Architects. In his projects he collaborates with architects, designers, artists, media architects and electrical engineers. He spoke at numerous conferences and held guest lectures at Bauhaus-Universit├Ąt Weimar and HAW Hamburg .

Besides well-crafted lighting design he loves subtle lighting effects. All technological means capable of transforming the visual appearance of an object are appealing to him. This interest lead him to become a theorist in the field of Media Architecture writing about ways to create visual media without artificial light sources.

In interdisciplinary collaborations he explores the role and functions of future digital devices in urban environments. It is a constant search for unconventional ways of designing light to work towards truly public spaces for open societies.