Pavlina Akritas

Pavlina Akritas

Associate, Arup

Pavlina is an Associate within Arup and Lighting’s Arts and Culture Business leader in the UK. She has over 12 years’ experience working in multi-disciplinary teams on a range of international projects. Her specialism is in the design of daylight and electric lighting systems in museums and gallery spaces.

Completed projects in Pavlina’s portfolio include the London Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympics, the Investcorp Building, St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the Galleries of the Islamic World at the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The Broad Museum won Daylight Project of the Year at the Lighting Design Awards (2016) and was crowned the Supreme Winner at the Surface Design Awards (2017). The Investcorp won the Education and Healthcare project of the year at LUX Awards (2015). The Royal Academy of Arts was commented for its daylight design at the Lighting Design Awards (2019).

In 2015 Pavlina completed Gagosian's third Gallery in London, where electric lighting is used to reproduce the exact exterior conditions, simulating a naturally daylit space. Pavlina’s work extends to fashion where she designed the lighting for Céline runways shows for Spring/Summer 2017, Fall/Winter 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018 for Paris Fashion Week. She also carried out the lighting design for Parfums Christian Dior Le Bon Marché and Waikiki pop-up shops.

In June 2017 she was name one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35 by the Telegraph and in May 2018 one of the 40 Under 40 Young Lighting Designers globally. She is one of the protagonist of ‘This Is Engineering’ campaign which seeks to rebrand engineering for people aged 13-18 (https://www.thisisengineering.org.uk/meet-the-engineers/pavlina/). Pavlina was recently appointed as a Trustee of the University of Illinois Foundation UK Limited. Through her leadership and support the Foundation is looking to grow the University of Illinois’ presence and encourage philanthropic investment from the University of Illinois community in the United Kingdom and Europe.