Karen Ilhau

Karen Ilhau,
United Kingdom

Karen is a Director at Lichtvision Design, heading up the London studio. After originally starting out as an Architect in Berlin, where she discovered a passion for lighting, Karen now has 20 years of experience in the world of lighting design. She began her lighting design career in Lichtvision’s Berlin office and after a short stint in Barcelona, settled in the UK in 2006.

As studio leader, she is responsible for the design and delivery of UK and international projects and has extensive experience in retail, commercial, aviation, cruise ships and stadia projects.

Recent projects include The ARK and ONE Nine Elms in London, Western Sydney International Airport, Xi’an International Football Centre, the cruise ships Costa Smeralda & Toscana and several projects for Hyundai in Seoul including The Garden Conservatory.

She is an advocate for interdisciplinary design sessions and a fan of worldwide design collaborations. Karen enjoys the large-scale strategic design approach just as much as the intricate designs of a small gem, always keeping her attention to detail and awareness of cultural context and nuances.