He has 33 years experience and is now FRSA (fellow of the Royal Society of Arts). After designing over one hundred shows, he became an associate for MBLD in 1998 and joined BDP in 2003. Mark believes that collaboration is essential for great design. He has recruited a vibrant team from varied backgrounds, including product designers, engineers, theatre designers and architects, effectively forging them into a winning force in international lighting design.
Human interaction with architecture through the medium of light is central to his philosophy and practice. His projects are varied, covering commercial, public realm, leisure, retail, art and art galleries, exterior architecture, transport and daylight design.
Mark has many internationally award winning projects to his name, notably an Award of Merit for Princesshay, Exeter, and the IALD Award of Excellence for Finsbury Avenue Square, London. BDP has been nominated for at least one National Lighting Design Award every year since 2005. Mark was made Lighting Designer of the Year at the Lighting Design Awards in 2014.
Mark is Vice President, Architectural for the ILP, has authored the PLDA ethics policy, is one of the founders of the Joined Up Lighting initiative hosting regular seminars for industry professionals, and is the first ever Chartered Lighting Designer through the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP). Most recently Mark has co-authored the BCO Guide for Office Lighting. He is also on the editorial board of Lighting magazine.
LED technology and the ongoing IT revolution have major impacts on the way we design and deliver artificial lighting. What needs more research is the impact of light, both natural and artificial, on human health and physiology. It is a more profound understanding of this that will likely shape lighting and architecture in the coming decades.
Lighting director Mark Ridler reflects on the transition theatrical lighting designers make to architecture.
Lighting directors Mark Ridler and Colin Ball will both present on the second day at the 2016 Lightspace/Lux Live conference and exhibition.
With years of experience in theatre and architecture and recently named Lighting Designer of the Year, Mark leads our lighting profession and is a leading force in international lighting design.