David is the Founding Director and Chairman of the DJCoalition International group of companies. David formulates and develops our design strategies both at a philosophical and project level. He directs us toward the creation of innovative, client focussed lighting solutions.
His architecture and design background enables him to immediately grasp spatial design concepts. This ability, coupled with technical knowledge, allows him to conceive and develop lighting strategies which enhance buildings and landscapes in new and exciting ways.
David has won and completed projects across five continents. His work has been published in magazines all over the world. He has served on juries of the Australian Design Council awards programme and the Illuminating Engineers Society Lighting Design Awards programme. David lectures at Industry events and also teaches lighting design at Assumption University, Bangkok Thailand.
Director – Bangkok
Pongkhun helps set design strategies for projects across the Asian region and then, with equal measures of design insight and organisation, guides them through documentation and site realisation.
He was born and educated in Thailand and graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He continued his studies at the University of Colorado where he graduated with a Masters Degree of Architecture. His international background makes him a skilled communicator and an open, clear thinker. Pongkhun completed his architectural internship in Seattle, Washington and continued to work in the United States for six years. Upon return to Bangkok, he pursued his interest in lighting, joining together with many like-minded design professionals to form what is now a very vibrant Bangkok lighting profession.
He has 14 years’ experience post-graduation, with six years of that at DJCoalition. For three years he has managed our Thai office and overseen our growth in the Asian Region. He is registered with the Siam Institute of Architects.
Director – Sydney
Angela runs our Sydney office as its Director. As a project Leader & problem solver, she delivers high quality lighting solutions born from the best combination of creative design and the practicalities of project delivery.
Angela completed her Bachelor’s degrees in Technical Architecture & Building Engineering in Spain. She continued her studies at The University of Sydney where she obtained her Masters in Illumination Design. She has over 12 years’ experience in the industry having worked at DJCoalition since 2017.
Angela is dedicated to providing our clients with creative and technical excellence in all aspects of lighting design through diversity and innovation. Her experience in lighting design extends across many aspects within the industry with backgrounds in architectural lighting, construction, films & theatre. This allows her to deliver creative solutions and successfully manage projects with an approach that places collaboration, integrity and passion at the centre of what she does.
Director – Bangkok
Rinnin is a Senior Lighting Designer at DJCoalition Bangkok. She started her career in 2009, joining DJCoalition in 2011.
She studied at Rangsit University, Bangkok Thailand and graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design with Honours. She continued her studies completing her Masters degree in Lighting Design at King Mongkut University of Technology, Thailand. She is currently studying her MBA, enabling her to bring greater organisational and business skills into her management of the design and construction process. Rinnin followed her studies with a year at the Aalto University School of Arts in Helsinki, Finland. The time spent overseas in Scandinavia has proved formative to her understanding of light and design. She believes good design should be honest, of a simple aesthetic and long lasting.
Her design methodology is “hands-on” with a practical approach to creative idea generation. She uses sketching, model making and mock ups to test ideas. Her approach is summarised by a think-draw-make, rethink-redraw-remake approach.
Director – Ho Chi Minh City
Trang manages our Vietnam team and builds our company vision and brand character. In a more global role she also guides all of the DJCoalition family to define our brand vision, our culture and our core values. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Leadership development training.
Trang builds the profile of our practice in Vietnam by expanding our network. Her connections span Vietnam, South East Asia and Europe. She understands the way people can work together cooperatively across different cultures and manages our projects by matching our people with our clients’ deadlines. She inspires us through her commitment to child education by way of her volunteer support of a school building program in remote parts of Vietnam.
Business Development Lead – Sydney
Fiona builds relationships. Her network spans Australia and South East Asia. She guides the growth of our practice, building our contacts and influencing our profession.
Her training started in the Arts at Cardiff School and design at South Bank Polytechnic in London where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Product Design. These early explorations were followed by experience gained working on site for projects in Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Korea and South East Asia in the early 1990s. She has experience in Australia – Western Australia and New South Wales – Singapore and Hong Kong. Before joining us, she ran her own successful lighting design practice in Singapore.
Fiona drives digital transformation of office administration and practices. She instigates joint venture opportunities and as an event planner successfully drives community involvement. She also teaches the best Pilates classes for busy designers.