van der Heide, Rogier

Lighting Design Officer, Rogier van der Heide

van der Heide, Rogier

Lighting Design Officer, Rogier van der Heide
Rogier van der Heide


Rogier is a recognized c-suite executive and specializes in enabling sustainable business growth by design. He has a 20 years proven track record in unlocking the value of design for Fortune Global 500 companies. Rogier’s agenda of key topics includes Open Innovation, The Internet of Things, Foresighting, Brand Values & Brand Design and Convergence of Disciplines such as Design, Marketing and Technology. While being strongly inspirational, Rogier is at the same time pragmatic, and extremely well connected at all levels. He developes strategic design for products, services and “ecosystems” that literally touch millions of people in a positive, life-enhancing way.

Rogier brings together corporate culture and design thinking, and is creditable for being instrumental in game changing innovations for brands we all know. Furthermore, Rogier is a sought after speaker on the international stage of thought leadership: TED, UN Innovation Summit, leading universities, nation wide television.

Recipient of over 50 international design awards such as Red Dot Best of the Best and the iF Gold Award in various design disciplines. Rogier focuses on innovation-led design as an enabler of bridging technology and the creation of meaningful, life-enhancing solutions. He has 20 years of experience in engaging, inspiring, three-dimensional design that fuses light, image projection, architecture and product design to create memorable, authentic experiences around the world.

Until 2010, Rogier van der Heide was Director with Arup and the Global Leader of Arup Lighting. In that role, Rogier has been responsible for innovative, creative and well-executed projects all over the world. If you are looking for more info on Arup Lighting, please see here. Until August 2014 Rogier was Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Philips Lighting. Until December 2016 he was Chief Design & Marketing Officer of Zumtobel Group in Austria.

Many architects work together with Rogier, who has completed projects in collaboration with Renzo Piano, Ben van Berkel, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli, Rob Krier and many others.

Rogier delivers many lectures, presentations and seminars about design, light, business, and strategic design at many international conferences. His talk inspiring talk on about the beauty of darkness has attracted over 500,000 viewers. Rogier was also Professor at the Technical University of Graz, Austria.

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