Sabine De Schutter

Main focus: lighting design

Twitter handle: @sabineds


Languages: German, English, Dutch

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Topics: user centred design, creativity techniques, design thinking, design methods, lighting design

Services: Talk, Workshop management, Consulting, Coaching, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.


Sabine De Schutter is a Berlin-based lighting designer and runs her own architectural lighting design practice – Studio De Schutter. Their projects range from museum lighting through to office lighting and installations for public spaces.
Early on, Sabine discovered the need for a human-centered approach to design and architecture, which lead her to Design Thinking. Being able to successfully combine Lighting Design with Design Thinking, she strives integrated a human-centred approach to all their projects and design thinking as a mindset in her practice.
Besides running her studio, she teaches at the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam.
Studio De Schutter has won several awards, competitions and is recognised internationally for their research and design.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Lichtworkshops – ein Impuls für städtische Beleuchtung

Können Lichtfestivals das Bewusstsein für Licht und Lichtplanung fördern? Könnten sie Beispiele werden für städtische Beleuchtung?
Sabine De Schutter wird über ihre Erfahrung als Workshopleiterin und Co-Organisatorin von Lichtfestivals sprechen. Anhand einer Fallstudie wird sie illustrieren, wie ortsspezifische Lichtworkshops Anstöße für kreative Beleuchtung und Licht-Masterpläne sind.

This talk is in: German
Lighting Design Meets Design Thinking

Lighting designers are architects of atmosphere and the visual experience. They can influence technology, sustainability and even future trends. In this role, how does one put people first when designing for the built environment? In her talk, Sabine De Schutter will illustrate with examples, how her studio has been working to integrate the users' needs and how design thinking forms a crucial part of the working process.

This talk is in: English
office lighting tricks that create a vibrant work environment

According to a survey conducted by the American Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of us spend more time working than on any other activity during a regular week. Sleep comes in second and leisure activities like sport or spending time with friends and family comes in third place. Thus people aged between 25 and 54 spend more time in their offices than in their homes and see more of their colleagues than their partners, friends and children combined!

How can we, using light, make our offices into creative environments that stimulate our thought process, support our ability to work in a team and help us to focus on the task at hand? Moreover, how can we as lighting designers facilitate this with our expertise and experience in the business?

This talk will provide you will tips and tricks to create healthy and inspiring working environments. I will share with you my thoughts on lighting design for workspaces and give away some practical tips for when designing lighting schemes for offices.

By realizing that workspaces are actually living spaces, we can learn how to improve their quality and turn them into enjoyable surroundings that are also conducive to work.

This talk is in: English