Richard Renfro

Principal

Sarah Randall

Associate

Jenny Stafford

Project Manager

Paola Bernal

Design Assistant

Aiden Bowman

Marketing Director

Matthew Caraway

Junior Lighting Designer

Florencia Castro

Lighting Designer

Silvia Mazzarri

Lighting Designer

Angie Ohman

Lighting Designer

Elena Rivera

Office Manager

Santiago Suarez

Lighting Designer

Fabio Tuchiya

Senior Lighting Designer

Richard Renfro IALD, IES, Assoc. AIA  - Principal

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Mr. Renfro, a lighting designer since 1979, received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Arkansas. A summer IALD lighting internship brought him to NYC where a love of lighting design quickly redefined his career path. After 15 years as a principal with the firm that brought him to New York, Renfro Design Group, Inc. was established in 1998. Inspired by how light moves through a building, Mr. Renfro favors manipulating forms through architectural lighting. Some of his earliest projects with daylight in building environments brought an intense interest in honing his expertise in this field. Mr. Renfro’s approach to lighting is tailored to define what is unique and special about the architectural elements. 

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Sarah Randall IES  - Associate

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Sarah has been a lighting designer at RDG since 2003. Trained as an architect, she has a thorough understanding of space and form, working from the understanding that thoughtful, integrated lighting design is vital to a successful space. Sarah has been an essential part of projects including the Collector's Loft, the Clark Art Institute, David Zwirner Gallery at 20th Street and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Renovation. Sarah holds a B.S. in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed a year of studies at ENSA Paris La Vilette in France.

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Jenny Stafford IES  - Project Manager

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With her background in interior design, Jenny approaches each project holistically to best integrate light into the space. Her aim is to provide both functional lighting solutions as well as designs that support and emphasize the surrounding architecture. She finds herself drawn to the field of lighting design as it is constantly evolving and presents unique design challenges across a wide variety of project types. Jenny has been with RDG since 2009, starting as an intern, joining full-time in 2012; she holds a bachelor of applied science in interior architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Recent projects include the Staten Island Family Justice Center, the Mwabwindo School and the Queensway Metropolitan Hub among others.

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Paola Bernal  - Design Assistant

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Paola has worked with RDG since 2016 and is currently completing her MFA in lighting design at Parsons The New School for Design. She holds a degree in architecture from the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Puebla and is a certified LEED Green Associate. Paola’s work is inspired by light’s ability to change our experience and perception of space. She strongly believes in a human based design approach and is interested in redefining light and wellbeing in the architecture environment. Her work is driven by the tiny moments of wonder that occur when light, material and time align perfectly.

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Aiden Bowman  - Marketing Director

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Aiden comes to RDG from architecture, having worked previously in communications at Bjarke Ingels Group. This experience, coupled with a background in architectural history informs his approach to creating value for RDG’s partners and clients. He is responsible for mediating the relationship between the firm’s work and the outside world, providing clients with a sense of the company’s approach to design and the processes with which we work. Aiden holds an MA in art history from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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Matthew Caraway  - Junior Lighting Designer

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Matthew joined Renfro Design Group in 2016. Previously, he held a research specialist post at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where his work dealt with the physiological and emotional response to lighting technologies. In addition to his research background, Matthew brings a dynamic approach to architectural lighting design, creating a balance between the technical and aesthetic considerations of any project

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Florencia Castro IES  - Lighting Designer

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Trained as an architect, Florencia recognizes the power of light and shadow to heighten the experience of the built environment. Her approach casts lighting design as creative, yet technical challenge – a complementary balance between daylight and electric light that can broaden one’s understanding of space. Florencia is also an active member of the lighting education community, holding a part-time lecturer post at Parsons The New School for Design where she focuses on light, perception and its cultural implications. Florencia graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, as well as a Master of Lighting Design degree from Parsons The New School of Design.

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Silvia Mazzarri  - Lighting Designer

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Silvia joined RDG in 2016; she holds degrees in architecture as well as lighting design, with an approach that balances environmental factors, engineering and aesthetics. Previously, she worked as a lighting designer at Cline Bettridge Bernstein where her projects included cultural, education and residential developments across the country. In addition to her work in lighting, she contributes practical knowledge in architecture to each project, applying her many years’ experience designing high end residences and working directly with clients

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Angie Ohman LC, LEED GA  - Lighting Designer

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Angie joined RDG in 2017 and was previously a lighting designer at Domingo Gonzalez Associates where she worked on projects including the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s New Lab and SOM’s Miami Central High Speed Rail Station. Her work is guided by an interest in the intersection of science and art within lighting, especially driven by the discipline’s ability to impact the way people experience or move through a space. Angie holds a Master of Science in Lighting degree as well as a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Elena Rivera  - Office Manager

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Elena has been the bookkeeper and office manager since 2005. She manages and maintains RDG’s financial records, office and employee insurances, and HR compliances while facilitating day-to-day business activities for the  company. She is currently preparing to become a Certified Bookkeeper and is a member of the National Notary Association, the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, and the National Bookkeepers’ Association.

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Santiago Suarez IES  - Lighting Designer

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Santiago’s collaborative approach to lighting stems from his architecture background, also contributing skills in research and lighting design visualization. A specialist in preservation, he is committed to strengthening social environments with the idea that lighting can genuinely transform spaces and reshape perceptions. Santiago holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from GSAPP at Columbia University as well as a B.A. from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. Before joining RDG he was involved in the restoration and replication of light fixtures at Aurora Lampworks in Brooklyn, NY.


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Fabio Tuchiya  - Senior Lighting Designer

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Fabio has been a lighting designer at RDG for over 10 years. His approach is a direct response to the dialogue between a project’s stakeholders, identifying the ways in which lighting can support the use of any space. A deep interest and experience in photography and illustration also shape his work, providing knowledge of light as an artistic and fluid medium. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning degree from the Universidade Mackenzie, Faculdade de Arquiteturae Urbanismo in São Paulo as well as a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA.

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