2023 40 Under 40: Qini Meko Huang, CLD, LC, WELL AP, CLCP, IALD, 37
Senior Lighting Designer, Arcadis IBI Group; University Bachelor, Computer Science, Navy Commanders Academy of People's Liberation Army of China
Huang lives and breathes lighting design both on and off the clock. Known by friends and family for critiquing the lighting at hotels, shopping malls and just about anywhere else she sets foot, Huang has more than 15 years of passionate experience in lighting design and management for projects within Canada and internationally. Her work serves a broad range of industries, including architecture, transportation, infrastructure, hospitality, entertainment, manufacturing and landscaping. Holding a degree in computer science, Huang brings technical expertise as well as strong aesthetic sensibilities to her role. Major projects she has worked on include exterior lighting for the Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Lady Gaga Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2017. In addition, she volunteers with the membership committee of the International Association of Lighting Designers and is on the lighting control and transportation committee of the Illuminating Engineering Society. She also shares her knowledge by presenting at lighting industry conferences such as LightFair and Street and the Area Lighting Conference. According to her friends and colleagues, Huang is personable and community-oriented. At Arcadis, she has organized “lunch and fun” groups to cultivate stronger relationships between co-workers and maintains involvement in neighborhood municipal affairs near her residence. Outside of work, Huang is a lighting designer and DJ for musical events. In addition, skiing and yoga are her great passions. Remarking on the difference between the two activities, Huang says that life needs a balance of fast and slow, up and down, bitter and sweet experiences.