Ir. Yu, C.

Cehao Yu is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. His main interests are lighting design, colour rendering, visual perception of lighting, light and colour in nature, and art.

Academic Background

Cehao Yu holds an MSc in Light and Lighting from University College London. After a five-year experience working as a lighting designer in AECOM, he develops an interest in lighting design for perception. At IDE, he explores the challenge for design researchers working with light nowadays, that is, to switch from assessing two-dimensional surface illumination to assessing light arriving at the eye.


  • 2012 – 2013 
    MSc Light and Lighting, University College London, United Kingdom
  • 2007 – 2012
    Bachelor of Architecture, Chongqing University, China


  • 2014 – 2018
    Senior Lighting Designer, AECOM, United Kingdom


  • Young Lighter of the Year Shortlist, Lux Awards, 2014
  • 2nd Place in Best Unrealised Lighting Concept Category, Darc Awards, 2015
  • 40Under40, Lighting Design Awards, 2016
  • Hospitality Project of the Year Shortlist, Lux Awards, 2018
  • IES Awards of Merit, 2019
  • Winner in Heritage Lighting Category, LIT Lighting Design Awards, 2020

Specialisation / field of research

  • Perception-based lighting design
  • Ecological optics
  • Subjective experience of colour

Involved in the research project(s):