Mr Marsteller studied architecture and design under Mies van der Rohe at Illinois Institute of Technology and then gradated Yale University School of Architecture, studying also at the Yale University School of Drama. He began an architectural lighting design specialization with Richard Kelly, later founding his own New York based firm.
In 1969, Mr Marsteller won his first commission outside the US - the design of a multi-million dollar Light Sculpture for Meralco, the power and light company of the Manila area. This commission brought him to Hong Kong and in 1970 founded the first company in Asia specializing in Lighting Design. With the introduction of lighting consultation to Asia, he designed a succession of high profile projects throughout Asia.
Apart from a large number of five-star hotels in the SouthEast Asian Pacific Basin, Mr Marsteller has designed lighting for convention venues - the Philippine International Conference Centre, as well as the Arts Center of the Philippines - office buildings - Jardine House, Hong Kong; Daewoo Center, Warsaw - and airports - Philippine International Air Terminal. Mr Marsteller was also the overall lighting consultant to H H the Sultan of Brunei for his main palace and government centre, The Istana Nurul, built in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Mr Marsteller has designed lighting for many of the large international hotel chains - Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton - in Europe and Asia, working also with the smaller luxury chains - AmanResorts, Four Seasons, Mandarin and the Taj Group in India, for which he has lighted the extensive landscape gardens of their large-scale resort properties. He recently completed the largest shopping centre of continental Europe - CentrO Oberhausen - a retail centre of 70,000 sqm with 200 shops, a 12,000 seat Arena and a one-half kilometre Promenade/Canal lined with restaurants & cafes, connected to a 300,000 sqm Park - all has lighted by Mr Marsteller.
His lighting for the just opened SEVENS in Düsseldorf helped it win the 2001 MIPIN Award for best Shopping Complex in Europe.
New hotels under design are the Park Hyatt-Paris Vendōme - on Place Vendōme - which will compete with another of his Paris projects, the Hotel George V. In addition, Mr Marsteller is currently designing a hotel next to The Galleria in Milano, the Park Hyatt-Milano Scala, and a luxury resort property for Sheraton near Calcutta.
Mr Marsteller has received numerous lighting awards and writes frequently for international design magazines. He has participated in three lecture-training tours of China, last being in Shanghai at 'Lux Pacifica' - the first Pacific Basin lighting conference ever held. Most recently he was feature speaker at the joint Australian/New Zealand Lighting Convention held in Auckland and in New York at 'LightFair', speaking on International Lighting Design.