Director - London 2012 Learning Legacy Ambassador for Lighting
Mark Sutton Vane took an Honours degree in Architecture and then moved into lighting design. He first designed laser shows and was commissioned by Kate Bush, Jean Michel Jarre and commercial clients to design and produce laser light shows.
In 1988 Mark Sutton Vane moved into Architectural and open space lighting design. In 1995 Mark started Sutton Vane Associates. This independent lighting practice works in all fields of lighting design and consultancy.
Mark has designed the lighting for schemes all over the world, including the Parklands and Public Realm areas of the London 2012 Olympic Park, which is over 100 hectares, using energy efficient LED lighting and renewable energy sources. It was so successful that Mark was appointed the London 2012 Legacy Ambassador for lighting. Mark lit the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait, the National Museum of Oman, and is currently working on the lighting design for the Great Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Mark is also accomplished in creating lighting schemes for a variety of landscapes, ranging from tiny London terraces to huge country estates and parks as well as urban public spaces. Landscapes that Mark has lit include the public gardens of Muncaster Castle, several palaces in the Middle East and landscapes all over the UK. Many of the clients for the private projects expect confidentiality so cannot be named.
Public realm projects include Portsmouth, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, the centres of Liverpool and Leicester and many other cities and areas. These have all been adopted by the relevant authorities and successfully implemented. The Liverpool strategy led to Sutton Vane Associates lighting over thirty buildings in the centre of the city.
Mark has worked on photovoltaic based lighting system for public spaces for which he was presented a Millennium Award. The practice has designed alternative energy lighting for English Nature and wind powered lighting. The practice provides advice on energy saving and all schemes are designed to be environmentally friendly.
Mark regularly lectures about lighting design and its importance. He supports lighting design education. The practice places emphasis on sustainable lighting, telling the story of the project through light and meeting the needs of the client and users.