The IALD is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Elections for the IALD Board of Directors and IALD Membership Committee. They look forward to these seven lighting designers sharing their expertise with the rest of the Board of Directors and Membership Committee.
2017 IALD BOARD OF DIRECTORS: PRESIDENT-ELECT
David Ghatan, IALD, is president of CM Kling + Associates and has worked in architectural lighting for the past eighteen years. David currently serves as Treasurer on the IALD Board of Directors and previously held a Director-at-Large position. He has also served as coordinator of the IALD Washington DC chapter and the Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) task force, as well as worked closely with the IALD Public Policy initiatives in meetings with legislators and industry allies. He also serves as a member of the IESNA Hospitality Committee. His theatrical work in scenery and lighting design has been nominated for several regional awards, and he is currently a company member with Rorschach Theatre. David is a graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in Design focused on the integration and cross-disciplinary aspects of design. Throughout his life, he has lived in Europe and the Middle East in addition to the United States.
2017 IALD BOARD OF DIRECTORS: TREASURER
Ron Kurtz, IALD, has been with Randy Burkett Lighting Design since 1990. Ron’s responsibilities as a lighting designer and project manager include the development of conceptual design, which involves the determination of both aesthetic and technical requirements, the preparation of contract documents and specifications, as well as construction phase coordination and field observation. His lighting design experience includes three years with Grenald Associates, Ltd. in Philadelphia, PA USA and Washington, DC USA. Ron has been responsible for the design of large public spaces and lobbies, hospitality and conference facilities, office environments, exterior landscape and building floodlighting, and themed entertainment parks and exhibits. Ron is an active member of the IALD and currently serves on the Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large, and on the Finance Committee. He has also participated in the IALD’s Energy and Sustainability Committee and the Nominations & Election Committee on three separate occasions. He is also involved in the IESNA on both a local and national level, currently serving on the Energy Management Committee. Additionally, he was also a member of, and an IALD representative to, ASHRAE’s 90.1 Energy Standards Committee from 2001 to 2011 and was a participant in the development of ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guidelines for Small Office Buildings. He has been a speaker on a number of lighting topics at professional and educational conferences.
2017 IALD BOARD OF DIRECTORS: DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE
Denise Fong, IALD, CLD, LEED AP, MIES, is a principal and lighting design practice leader for Stantec. She has more than 30 years of experience in specialized lighting design for both public and private clients. Recognized by her professional peers with numerous design achievement awards, she is highly skilled in assisting in developing high quality, energy efficient lighting systems for a wide variety of project types. She is a national leader in sustainable urban design initiatives. For many years, Denise has participated in energy code development on the local and state level as well as with the IALD Energy & Sustainability committee. From early in her career she has been interested in how our design impacts the world in which we live and was one of the first lighting designers to be LEED accredited. She has traveled extensively to study sustainability practices around the world, and she speaks and writes frequently on these subjects.
MONICA LUZ LOBO, IALD – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Monica Luz Lobo, IALD, is creative director of LD Studio. She is an architecture and urban planner graduate from Santa Úrsula University, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with over 28 years of experience in the lighting industry. She established LD Studio in 1997. Her work has been featured in many local and international publications and she has won a number of awards at home and abroad. Monica is committed to the development and dissemination of the profession of architectural lighting design, and she is one of the prime movers behind the 2016 edition of the Ibero-American Lighting Design Gathering (EILD). She also frequently attends and lectures at major Brazilian and international conferences, fairs and workshops.
Born in Edinburgh in 1954, Kevan’s first degree in Economic and Technological History and Social Psychology seems to have little to do with his career as a lighting designer. However, he gained Chartered Engineer status through the ILP in 2012, the first non-engineering degree holder to achieve this. In his 40-year career in lighting and 25 years of running his own practice, he has designed numerous innovative projects across a broad range of building types. Kevan has been a passionate and active advocate for the profession of Independent Lighting Design throughout his career. He has served on the IALD Board over the last two years, the Membership Committee and at board level in other international lighting associations. Kevan continues to undertake considerable voluntary work dealing with lighting legislation in Europe, and was chairman of the committee revising the Society of Light and Lighting’s LG8 on Museum and Gallery Lighting. He is also active in lighting design education, currently lecturing at Edinburgh Napier University on the Lighting Master’s program, is a visiting lecturer on the KTH Lighting masters in Stockholm and provides a distance learning course for the Technical University of Iceland. His broad ranging lighting design projects have been recognized in many lighting awards including that of Lux Awards Lighting Designer of the Year in 2013.
2017 IALD MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Colin Ball, IALD, leads the London office of BDP’s award winning Lighting Team. His current work involves developing innovative techniques for lighting within World Heritage venues plus Carbon Exemplary projects for cutting edge science institutes. These new lighting techniques involve influencing the daylighting condition of the architecture and detailed studies of the occupants to save large amounts of energy. From a background education in architecture Colin has worked as a Lighting Designer for 20 years with 9 years’ experience at Speirs + Major and 6 years at Isometrix Lighting + Design prior to joining BDP in 2011. Colin has developed a series of lectures that look at how Light in Faith is represented from historical, religious and psychological perspectives in architecture and contemporary art, which he has delivered across the UK, Europe, North and South America. An organiser of a London Light & Film Festival, Colin also delivers talks on parallels of Lighting between Film, Theatre & Architecture. He has authored a number of articles for national and international professional lighting magazines regarding elements of these lectures.
Jered Widmer, IALD, is a principal at The Lighting Practice (TLP). He joined TLP upon graduating from The Pennsylvania State University’s Architectural Engineering program in 2000. Jered has 16 years of experience in the lighting profession designing lighting solutions for academic, corporate, retail, historic, hospitality, healthcare environments, and places of worship. The diverse work in these sectors allows him to merge creative principles and techniques to enhance the user environment for a more successful project. He educates clients and team members through a collaborative design process, facilitating a better understanding of the impact of lighting. Jered has served thirteen years as an adjunct professor at Drexel University, educating architectural students on lighting. He is extremely active in the lighting design community as a Professional member of the IALD and IES. With the IES, he has held the position as the Philadelphia-section President and continues to remain active as a board member and volunteer. On a national level, he is serving his sixth year on the IES Progress Report Committee – currently holding the role of Vice Chair. With the IALD, Jered just completed a twoyear position with the Conference Advisory Committee (CAC). He worked with colleagues both on the IALD and IES to plan the speakers and seminars for LIGHTFAIR International 2015 and 2016.