Shashi Caan, an artist, color consultant and architectural designer, holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors)
fro m the Edinburgh Co llege of Art and Masters degrees in Industrial Design and Architecture fro m Pratt
Ms. Caan has been on the design and art faculties of such educational institutions as Pratt Institute, the
School of Visual Arts and the New Yo rk School of Interior Design (where she has served also as a
Trustee). She has been on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of New York, the
Intersociety Color Council and has chaired two subcommittees on Interior Design of the A merican Institute
of Architects. Recently she served on the annual design awards jury of Interiors, a leading professional
magazine. She continues her participation in the industry by serving on advisory boards and design panels
related to the design of fabrics, carpet and furniture.
Ms. Caan’s art explo res the use of color in three-dimensional design and its significance in designing well-
balanced and harmonious environments. In her teaching she has brought together the three different design
elements, i.e. color, light and form, into a coherent program. Her design and art work as well as this
personal process and visual research on light and color have been presented at national and international
conferences and has been widely published and quoted in, for instance, Aspects of Color, Helsinki, Finland:
University of Art and Design, 1996 and John Pile’s Colo r in Interio r Design, New Yo rk: McGrawHill,
1997. Research on light, transparency, color and the use of glass block was conducted under a separate
grant fro m Pittsburgh Corning Glass Corporation. In 2000 a light sculpture titled ‘e -motion’ was installed
atop of the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. This installation celebrates the interaction of science and
art in the form of a 180 foot tall tensile structure that has been lit creatively.
Ms. Caan curated an exhibit " Virtual Color: Light, Hue and Form Integrated" at the New York School o f
Interior Design bringing together well-known arch itects and designers to exp lore the different aspects of
integrating color into the design process. A catalogue and collection of essays under the same title
accompanied the exhib it. A collection of upholstery fabrics for both the commercial and the residential
market were introduced under the name "Shashi Caan" in 1997 and has been expanding ever since. The
introduction of a new collection is scheduled for this year.
As an associate and senior designer with several large New York arch itectural practices, ms. Caan has been
involved in and has directed large and small architectural and interior design projects. She is currently an
associate design director at Skid more, Owings & Merrill Architects in New Yo rk City.
Paul Gregory is the founder and president of Focus Lighting, Inc. of New York City. His projects cover a
wide range of build ing types in various parts of the world fro m the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut to
the Entel To wer, the tallest build ing in Santiago, Ch ile. A mong the restaurant projects are Michael Jordan’s
newest restaurant in Grand Central Station, NYC; David Copperfield’s four-story Magic Restaurant in
Times Square and Official A ll Star Cafés and Planet Ho lly wood Restaurants in many different cit ie s. Such
famous New Yo rk restaurants as Le Cirque, Tapika, No-Bu, Vong, Monkey Bar, Ch rister's, and Le Bar Bat
are part of h is portfolio. Showroo ms and stores for which mr. Gregory has designed lighting include such
names as Arman i, Ultimo, Frederic Fekkai, Knoll International and CBS. Other projects include mu ltip lex
theatres, outdoor monu ments, themed mall environ ments and private residences.
Mr. Gregory’s design work has received wide acclaim and mult iple awards, for instance, the IALD,
Waterbury, and ASID Awards, as well as the Lighting Dimensions International's "Lighting Designer of the
Year" Award. Architectural Record, Interio r Design, Interiors, Arch itecture + Light, Lighting Dimensions,
LD+A, Metropolis, Hospitality Design, Design Week, New York Mag azine and the New Yo rk Times have
featured his work.
Trained in theatrical lighting at the Goodman Theatre School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in
Architectural Lighting Design at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, Mr. Gregory spent
several years working for regional theatres like the Alley Theatre, Stage West, and the Good man Theatre.
After founding Litelab Corporation in 1975, he directed and designed major projects in museums,
restaurants, theatres, and entertainment facilit ies. An Illu minating Engineering Society member since 1982,
Mr. Gregory has spent the past twelve years working in architectural lighting design.
Chris Rainier is considered one of today’s leading documentary photographers. His mysterious images of
sacred places and indigenous peoples have been shown in such major publications as Time, Life, National
Geographic, Outside, Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, Islands,
The New Yorker, German and French Geo, and in the various publications of the International Red Cross,
The United Nat ions, and Amnesty International.
The photographs and books have been exhib ited and collected around the world in co llect ions like the
George Eastman House in Rochester, The International Center o f Photography in New York, the Museum
of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Australian Museum in Sydney, The Bib liotheque Nationale in Paris, The
United Nat ions, The Friends of Photography (Carmel, CA ), The library of the Smithsonian Institution’s
National Museum of A merican Art, the library of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of
Fine Arts in Houston, the Chicago Cu ltural Center, the National Geographic Society Exp lorer's Hall and the
Houston Museum of Science.
Mr. Rain ier’s photography has received considerable acclaim in the form of five Picture o f the Year
Awards for his continued documentation of vanishing tribes, a Co mmun ication Arts award for his last book
on New Guinea, the Alfred Eisenstadt Award in 1998 for his photography of the Sahara desert, and a n
International Golden Light Award in 1994 for his first book: KEEPERS OF THE SPIRIT. M r. Rainier has
been included in A merican Photo Magazine's List of the 100 most influential people working in
His second book: WHERE MASKS STILL DA NCE: NEW GUINEA was published in 1996 together with
an exhibit ion that is presently touring museums in North A merica and Asia. Presently he is working on a
book that documents tattooing and scarification around the world in both traditional and contemporary
cultures. Fro m 1980 to 1985 Rain ier was photographic and environmental assistant to the late Ansel
Adams, the famous landscape photographer and naturalist.
Mr. Rain ier continues to lecture and teach seminars both nationally and internationally on the use of
photography as a social tool. He lives among the mountains and streams of Aspen, Colorado.