GOLSANA HESHMATI / FOUNDER
Golsana Heshmati is a designer with a diverse professional background that includes experience as an architect, lighting designer and an educator. She holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Architectural Lighting from Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.
Golsana is a Professor of Design at Parsons School of Design , Pratt Institute School of Architecture and New York School of Interior Design.
Prior to founding Studio of Embodied Experience Design, Golsana has worked as an Associate and team leader at HLB Lighting Design, an Associate at Callison Architects in NYC, and a Designer at AGF in San Francisco and two prestigious design firms in Barcelona, Spain.
She was selected as one of 40 under 40 top lighting design talents in 2017 and was also a recipient of design retail honor awards. Golsana currently serves as a member of illumination engineer society education committee and as a Jury member for international association of lighting designer’s awards program.
LINDSEY DIETER / DESIGN DIRECTOR
Lindsey Dieter is an interdisciplinary designer with an extensive body of work in lighting, interior and exhibition design projects. Trained as a contemporary ballet dancer, a fascination with movement and unwavering belief in the power of design to encourage physical engagement drive her creative work.
Prior to joining The SEED as Design Director and Project Manager, Lindsey was an Interior Design Lead and Active Design Researcher on the Sustainability Team at WeWork and a Lighting Designer and Project Manager at HLB Lighting Design. Her most recent highlights at The SEED include corporate amenity and wellness based projects, EQUINOX fitness clubs and high end single-family residences. She considers wellness in every aspect of her work and is currently completing her WELL Building Certification.
Lindsey received her Master of Fine Arts in Lighting and Interior Design from Parsons the New School for Design with Honors and was awarded the Double Major Graduate Thesis Prize. She has strong leadership, project management and communication skills and takes an energetic and resourceful approach to design challenges. Off the clock you can find her on the olympic weightlifting platform, racing bikes or with her hands in a bucket of plaster.
SIMON SCHADLER / DESIGN INTERN
Simon Schadler is a designer with a fascination for interdisciplinary design and is passionate about breaking the borders on what it means to be a designer. Simon has a unique ability to pick up, utilize, and navigate design technology quickly and efficiently to create visualizations and custom design approaches. Aside from being the resident BIM master and custom 3D modeler, he uses his experience in industrial design to influence his chandelier and light fixture designs. His general design approach is informed by the philosophical influence of music, nature, and use of light and shadow to create life and movement in a space.
Simon is currently finishing up his Architectural Engineering degree at the University of Cincinnati, focusing on an Architectural Design path. He has previously worked as an industrial / casework designer for Hamilton Casework Solutions in Ohio and as a lighting designer at Buro Happold working on various scales of work.
Outside of design, Simon is a professional multi-musician who has toured in rock bands, played in black-box musicals, and recently has been learning audio production. Simon’s design skills relate to his other interests and hobbies such as parametric and generative design studies, graphic design, and video editing / creation.
AIDA MIRON / DESIGN LEAD + PROJECT MANAGER
Aida Miron's work is grounded in the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape design and fine arts. With over 15 years experience as an educator, architect, lighting designer, and landscape designer, Aida has worked on a vast range of cultural, civic, commercial, residential, mixed-use and urban projects in the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Architecture, ETSA-Barcelona, the Bauhaus in Dessau and NTNU in Trondheim.
Prior to joining the SEED, Aida worked as a Lighting Designer at Buro Happold and as Project Designer at T.Kondos. Aida is an educator, and has taught architecture at the Cooper Union School of Architecture and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute, she has been a visiting instructor and guest critic at institutions in the US and Europe.
She is also the co-founder of a landscape design studio, La Casona Garden Design in Miami; a research-design-build practice with a focus on ecological restoration. She has volunteered on infrastructure projects in Latin America with Engineers Without Borders and worked as a researcher in NYC, Miami, Berlin, Barcelona and Trondheim.
ILO TARRANT / DESIGNER
Ilo Tarrant is a designer with a keen interest in creating spaces for people. She classifies herself as an empathetic designer, with the ability to put herself in the shoes of an occupant and create thoughtfully designed spaces. She has a historical connection to design coming from a family of artisans and craftspeople, and her foray into lighting design seemed both accidental and inevitable.
“I originally fell in love with lighting by accident, when I was roped into designing the lighting for a friend's play in Dublin…and, well… the rest is history! Over the years I've worked across varying scales of live performance, theater, music and exhibitions. I studied lighting design in Copenhagen before moving to New York in 2017 where I’ve worked with large lighting design firms. I’m excited to be joining The SEED and creating with fellow international, multidisciplinary ladies of lighting!”
Ilo’s honesty, intuition and eagerness to dig into the unknown is so important to a studio that is constantly adapting and evolving. Her spirit and resilience is at the core of The SEED and we are so excited to create with her. Outside of the studio, Ilo likes to enjoy a variety of interests such as music, art, comedy and getting out of the city to experience nature!