Rob Nankil

Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 – 9:30pm



Where Industrial Design Meets Architecture

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach

Architectural Area Lighting is a leading manufacturer of specification grade, outdoor contemporary and traditional style lighting fixtures. Some of the company’s typical lighting applications include commercial buildings, retail applications, downtown street lighting, educational facilities and sport complexes. AAL’s products include period and contemporary lighting, floodlights, steplights, wall sconces and bollards.

Rob Nankil is the Manager of Product Development at Architectural Area Lighting, a Division of Hubbell Lighting Inc. He has been in product development for the past 13 years, in various roles ranging from Model Shop Assistant to Department Manager, through times of economic challenges as well as technological revolution in both products and manufacturing. He is a CSULB Industrial Design alumnus who has maintained his support of the design program through internships, as well sponsored projects, with the University.

Rob Nankil presents his own, autobiographical perspective of the experiences he has had designing for an obscure industry. While at Architectural Area Lighting he has led development on a range of products ranging from traditional HID sources in period themed product families to contemporary luminaires focused on solid state hardware. He shares examples of how manufacturing requirements and corporate objectives ultimately drive projects and how designers have the challenge of maintaining their vision amidst the many demands of a project and organization. He presents the true story of a graduate who found himself in an industry where product design overlaps with architecture and technological innovation continually redefines the expectations of products and designer.