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Fabio Tuchiya

Lighting Designer

Mr. Tuchiya joined Renfro Design Group in 2007. Mr. Tuchiya graduated in 1987 from the Universidade Mackenzie, Faculdade de Arquiteturae Urbanismo in São Paulo, Brazil with a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning degree; followed by a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he focused his research on daylighting and energy conservation. Mr. Tuchiya has taught classes and assisted in curriculum development focusing on lighting analysis software, renderings and simulations of electrical and daylight at Parsons School of Design. Mr. Tuchiya is interested in how light, both daylight and artificial light can be used to define perception of 3 dimensional objects, sense of proportion, scale, as well as texture. His lighting language developed throughout the years, started as an illustrator and was refined with a technical approach with computer simulations.
Mr. Tuchiya, an avid photographer, understands light can be used in an artistic and fluid way, but where the same perceptions apply. The ongoing lighting knowledge developed through photography is always applied back to thoughtful lighting design.

Some of his contributions to projects at Renfro Design Group include the Islamic Galleries and the American Wing galleries (Phase III) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY; the renovation of The Clark Museum and Manton buildings in Williamstown, MA; the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY; Temple University in Philadelphia, PA; the Marina Bay Sands Art Wall Facade in Singapore; SandRidge Energy Commons in Oklahoma City, OK; Kokei no Niwa - The Tiger Glen garden at Cornell University Campus in Ithaca, NY; the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, Vol Walker Hall; the National Academy of Design School & Museum and the New York Historical Society in New York, NY and several high-end residential projects.

In 2014, Fabio’s work on the Steven L. Anderson Design Center and Vol Walker Hall Renovation received a Lumen Award of Excellence from the IES New York City Section. Fabio also received an Illumination Award of Merit from the IES for his work on this project as well as David Zwirner 20th Street, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and SandRidge Energy Commons exterior lighting. The Architectural Lighting Magazine Design Award was awarded to SandRidge Energy Commons for exterior landscape and tower lighting. In 2011, Mr. Tuchiya received an IES award for his work on the Art Collector’s Loft in New York City with Ms. Randall.

Prior to working at Renfro Design Group, Mr. Tuchiya’s Architectural Lighting experience includes seven years with Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design. Preceding his career in lighting design, Mr. Tuchiya owned an architectural practice in Brazil and also worked for 3 years in the design department of Shimizu Construction in Los Angeles.

Mr. Tuchiya is member of the IES, United States Green Building Council and the Designers Lighting Forum of New York.

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