Sergio Padula was born in Venosa (PZ), Italy, in 1977. A love affair with light started during his time at Politecnico di Milano where Padula was mentored by Piero Castiglioni. After spending a final year studying at UQAM in Montreal, Padula graduated in Industrial design and immediately focussed on his passion for light.
Travelling around the World has enabled him to work on scores of varied projects and his professional knowledge is only complemented by his charismatic approach to teaching, which has seen him as part of the design syllabus at the University of Rome La Sapienza, the University of Architecture of Florence, the China Central Art Academy Architecture School in Beijing and both Manipal and American Universities in Dubai and Sharjah.
Sergio has also spoken at various conferences and participated in several initiatives throughout the region, such as Light Insight Arabia at the Light Middle East, INDEX and the Architectural Lighting Conference in Qatar.
Padula has been a member of APIL, The Italian Lighting Professional Association and a fully trained Relux trainer with over 10 years experience working as a visual designer and product manager, in 2008 he joined iGuzzini in their Middle East office where he is currently working as Technical Director and Lighting Design Expert. He is also the Training Supervisor, leading numerous workshops across the region.
As a designer, his practice is promoting an eco-sustainable approach and is essentially led by simplicity and functionality, being mainly inspired by the work of Caravaggio, Castiglioni Brothers, and Isao Hosoe. His most prestigious projects in the Middle East include:
National Archaeology Museum – Beirut, Lebanon
Ministry of Finance – Riyadh, KSA
The Women’s Museum – Bastakiya, Dubai;
The Commercial Bank – Doha, Qatar;
State Mosque – Doha, Qatar.
Ritz Carlton – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Majalis Oman – Muscat, Oman
Queen Alia International Airport – Amman, Jordan
Grand Hamad CBQ – Doha, Qatar
Holcom Headquarters – Beirut, Lebanon
Sowwah Square – Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Beach – Dubai, UAE
The Walk – Dubai, UAE
BoxPark – Dubai, UAE
Malek Museum – Tehran, Iran
Dowlat Building – Tehran, Iran
Central Market – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Yas Marina – Abu Dhabi, UAE
KAFD Mosque – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ferrari Store – Dubai Mall/Mall of the Emirates Dubai, UAE
La Creperie Restaurant – Beirut, Lebanon
Etihad Museum – Dubai, UAE