Mary Rushton-Beales began her career in lighting in the early 1980s with Philips Lighting – a path that began with the first metal halide lamps and carried on through dichroics and white son to the myriad LED choices of the 21st century.
Since 1985, she has worked as an independent lighting designer, working with John Bullock at Equation Lighting Design until 1990 when she formed Lighting Design House, her own practice. LDH works on projects of all scales and sizes in the UK and internationally.
In 2000 she became fascinated with the effect of light on the body and undertook to collate the research of the time into an accredited RIBA CPD lecture, designed to explain current advice and suggest lighting approaches and techniques for projects.
She has since designed one of the first biodynamic lighting schemes using coloured light in the UK (completed 2008) for the Pines Calyx conference centre – a beautiful space in a beautiful setting that combines best practice sustainability with the healthiest possible environment. She is currently working on phase two of this project.
Her retail experience began with the repositioning of household names such as Littlewoods, Budgen and Safeway. Over the last 10 years LDH has specialised in airport retail, the latest project being the refurbishment of a three-storey out of town duty-free complex in Bangkok.
Mary has lectured occasionally on lighting design to degree-level students of interior and three-dimensional design since 1988. This involvement with further education has enabled her practice to engage the most talented emerging designers. She is also actively involved with her professional association, the International Association of Lighting Designers, and was elected to the main board and IALD Education Trust from 2005 to 2008. Highlights of this service included chairmanship and rebranding of the IALD annual conference, Enlighten, in 2006.