Since joining the team in late 2016, Satu has coordinated and contributed to Publica’s research, strategic and design work for the evening and night time character and use of streets and spaces. She works across several projects, providing expertise on analysing, planning and designing for the public realm after dark.
Satu trained as an architectural lighting designer, working on a wide variety of public and private projects within the retail, heritage, public realm and art sectors for commercial clients, developers, local authorities, charities and community organisations. Before joining Publica, she spent almost a decade at Speirs + Major, including five years leading a team that specialised in public realm lighting and focusing on a range of lighting strategies, masterplans and public realm design projects in the UK and abroad.
Satu is leading Publica’s ongoing work in scoping and developing place-specific, holistic evening and night time strategies and was part of Publica’s team contributing to the Night Time Commission’s guidance for London’s neighbourhoods between 6pm and 6am. She regularly conducts night walks to engage stakeholders, help foster partnership working and advocate a holistic and collaborative approach to developing strategies and designs for evening and night time public spaces.
Satu has written for urban design and lighting design press and given lectures in the UK and abroad on light art, lighting design and cities at night. She has delivered training sessions for Natural England, primary school children and local authorities and led night walks for the London Festival of Architecture, LSE Cities, the Wellcome Trust, the City of London and the London Night Time Commission.
Alongside her work at Publica, Satu is a theatre lighting designer for a community interest company, working collaboratively with professional artists and her local community to create immersive, site-specific performances. She also collaborates with artists and designers on light art and lighting design projects.