Workspace Design Show

26 – 27 February 2025 | Business Design Centre, London

Kael Gillam

Principal Lighting Designer at Hoare Lea

Kael Gillam is a London-based Principal Lighting Designer at Hoare Lea, an interdisciplinary firm of engineers and specialist designers. With an educational background in theatre and a professional career in Architectural Lighting that spans the commercial and hospitality, as well as arts and residential sectors, her designs focus on creating meaningful human-centric experiences and environments.

Alongside her role as a designer, Kael represents the Lighting team in the firm’s Net Zero Carbon network, which promotes education on and implementation of sustainable practices in the construction industry. Through this network, she is championing research in circularity and carbon footprint data modelling to create a better framework for the design and specification of Hoare Lea Lighting’s projects – to make these forward-thinking considerations a standard part of their projects.

Kael is passionate about creating a more sustainable future for architecture, as well as promoting health and wellbeing as pillars of thoughtful design practice. To complement these ideologies, she helped establish Designers Mind with founder Kaye Preston to raise awareness around and provide support for the mental health and wellbeing of designers in the workplace.