Michiru Tanaka


Adjunct Professor at Interior Design Department of Fashion Institution of Technology, New York

Inspired by the nightscape of her native Tokyo, Michiru Tanaka pursued a career in architectural lighting design. Growing up in the dynamic enivoronment of Japan’s largest metropolis Michiru was impressed by the subtle power lighting had over the urban environment.

Ms. Tanaka graduated from the Musashino Art University in 2002, and spent her early career in Tokyo. Her design always carries with it the unique sensibility of Japanese lighting called “In’ei Raisan” (In Praise of Shadows). Additionally, she is committed to the goal of using sustainable energy- efficient lighting solutions in each of her projects.

Now based in New York, Michiru’s projects range from commercial installations to special event lighting at renowned museums. Her work exemplifies her goal of creating a unique symbiotic relationship between architecture and lighting experience. 


Lighting Design

  • Conceptual Development
  • Photoshop rendering
  • Design Development
  • Budget Estimates
  • Lighting Calculation
  • CAD Drafting
  • Specifications
  • Shop Drawing Approvals
  • Site Inspection
  • Focusing

Product Design

  • Custom Luminaire Design
  • Commercial Luminaire Design

Business Development for Lighting Manufacturers

  • Identity Design
  • Branding Strategy
  • Art Direction for special events & exhibitions

Selected Clients

Toshiba New Lighting Systems

Toshiba Materials Inc.

Shimizu North America LLC

KANEKA Corporation

Studio a+i

ORE Design and Technology



L’Observatoire International

Arc Light Design

BLANK Design

Shelton Communications Group