Kaoru Mende was born in Tokyo in 1950, earned a bachelors and masters degree from Tokyo University of Art in the field of industrial and environmental design. In 1990, he founded Lighting Planners Associates Inc. The scope of his design and planning activities ranges widely from residential and architectural lighting design to urban and environmental lighting. Mende is also the acting chief of the “Lighting Detectives”, a citizens’ group that specializes in the study of the culture of lighting.
Mende has been involved in such superb projects as Tokyo International Forum, JR Kyoto Station, Sendai Mediatheque, Roppongi Hills, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore City Center Lighting Master Plan, Alila Villas Uluwatu, Aman New Delhi, Gardens by the Bay and Façade lighting for Tokyo station.
Awards Mende has received include the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Award of Distinction, International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Radiance Award, Japan Culture Design Award, Mainichi Design Award, and others.
Mende is a visiting professor at Musashino Art University and a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University, Tokyo University of Art, and other institutions.
Books Mende has authored include, “A Manner in Architectural Lighting Design” (TOTO Publishing), “Designing with Light and Shadow” (Image Publishing), “Transnational Lighting Detectives” (Kajima Publishing), “LIGHTING DESIGN for Urban Environments and Architecture” (Rikuyosya), “Designing with Shadow”(Rikuyosya), “The Light Seminar” (Kajima Publishing), “LPA 1990-2015, Tide of Architectural Lighting Design” (Rikuyosya) and many other.