Nowak, who was born in Poland and raised outside of Chicago, told the New_S she became interested in the future of lighting while researching new technology. For her thesis, she proposed using strategically placed light poles and manipulated photon molecules to create a functional research station in Alert, Nunavut, Canada, a hub of scientific investigation some 500 miles from the North Pole. Nowak’s design may have relevant applications in other extreme environments such as deserts, jungles, and underwater spaces. She will continue to explore cutting edge technologies at Tillotson Design Associates, a lighting design consultancy based in New York City.
In 2012 Philips Lighting and Parsons The New School for Design joined forces for Luminous Talks. Luminous Talks is a series of educational events bringing together architects, designers, academics, and other industry professionals to discuss innovations and current topics in lighting design.