Pavlina Akritas, female electrical engineer

Pavlina Akritas

Light Painter. Electrical engineer at Arup.

Female model in tech inspired dress
Female electrical engineer in lights on catwalk
Female model in engineered dress
Female electrical engineer looks at light designs

I love travelling and am passionate about fashion and expressing my own style. I grew up in Cyprus before studying in America and the UK. Now I am a lighting engineer working for Arup, and have designed lighting for fashion shows, museums and art galleries.


When I was growing up, I wanted to be a dentist, and then a mathematician. But I was always very curious about the world around me, asked questions all the time, and loved art classes. This creativity and curiosity eventually led me to study for a degree in engineering in America, where I also played competitive tennis.


After graduating, I moved to the UK to follow my new-found passion for engineering and completed a master’s degree in lighting. I then joined Arup - a company that brings together designers, planners, engineers, and consultants to work on the built environment - because I wanted to see how different disciplines come together to create the buildings and other structures around me.


When I was asked to light a fashion show, it opened the door to a completely different industry, and gave me another way to express my love of art and creativity. I’ve worked with tech giants and big names such as Dior and get to travel the world. Now I collaborate with fashion designers to create lighting effects for their shows at events, such as Paris Fashion Week, as well as working with museums and art galleries to create the perfect environments for their exhibitions.

Where to next?

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