Lumina Project

Future. Light. Now.

The Lumina Project, sponsored by Enlighted, was formed to facilitate discussion, debate and insights among lighting professionals to help advance the lighting industry’s important role in transforming our buildings and cities into intelligent, high-performing and healthy ecosystems.

What’s Next in Lighting is Here

Lighting is fast becoming the hub of a shift toward smarter, more connected buildings. Light fixtures with sensors have become a wireless network of nodes that are the superhighway of smart buildings, collecting and delivering big data from buildings everywhere. This makes it more critical than ever to embrace the changes in lighting that are required to meet the demand for smart, connected buildings.



Meet the Luminaries

Here are the industry innovators who are members of the Lumina Project. They are already disrupting old ways of specifying projects and leading us to the next generation of lighting solutions and people-aware buildings. The Lumina Project’s “luminaries” share a point of view on what it means to get connected to the future.
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Jessica Applegren

Director of Marketing Communications and Public Relations, Enlighted

Jessica joined Enlighted in 2014 with over 15 years of journalism, marketing communications and public relations experience. For the past 3 years, she served as Vice President of Communications at the international powerhouse communications firm, Saatchi & Saatchi S. While there, Jessica led the development of brand recognition for sustainability stories with Saatchi’s Fortune 500 customer account base including Toyota, Lexus, The Coca-Cola Company and Caesars Entertainment.

Carolyn BaRoss

Interior Design Principal, Perkins & Will

Carolyn BaRoss, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, Firmwide Healthcare Interior Design Director, is a committed leader at Perkins+Will for healthcare environments, and their implication on the care experience. She is a steadfast advocate for holistic approaches to design, which move teams toward considerations of privacy, dignity, sophistication, delight, and environmental stewardship. In her 20-year career at Perkins+Will, has served as Design Principal for the interiors of many award-winning projects including leading the new 1.6 M SF Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sheikh Zayed Tower and Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, Baltimore, MD, and the 360K SF LEED Silver Einstein Medical Center Montgomery hospital in East Norriton, PA.

Teal Brogden

Senior Principal, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Teal’s combined background in the arts and engineering puts her at ease with both the ephemeral and technical challenges inherent in lighting design. Her longtime love of dance supports her appreciation for the importance of composition, nuance, and rhythm, while studies with a master mathematician helped her develop an appreciation for the elegance and fit of the right solution. Teal joined the firm’s San Francisco office in 1991 and spearheaded the opening of the Los Angeles office in 1994. She works closely with HLB’s design team to establish a strong design direction that meets client needs. She considers herself fortunate to collaborate with master designers on a regular basis; the legacy of meaningful work endures as new opportunities build upon past successes.

Bryan Burkhart

Principal Lighting Designer, Alfa Tech

Bryan is an accomplished, versatile lighting designer with over 30 years of experience. In fact, he can conduct complete daylight modeling studies for any time or day of the year anywhere in the world. For Alfa Tech, Bryan has designed lighting for a multitude of projects including campus, retail and residential, including turn-key electrical design and management for all systems contained within a city block.

Larry French

Principal, Auerbach Glasow French

Larry French has extensive experience in the design and management of architectural lighting projects. His work includes many large public space interiors, commercial offices, exhibit and retail spaces, residences and restaurants. Mr. French has received numerous lighting design awards, including top honors from the IESNA International Illumination Design Awards and International Association of Lighting Designers awards program. He is among the first individuals to have been awarded the National Opera Institute’s Grant for Design. MIES, LC, FIALD LD-LEED.

David Giamalis

Lighting Designer, DLR Group

David is an electrical designer with more than five years of project and client experience. He brings a wide range of knowledge in electrical design through his experience working with corporate, retail, hospitality, education, healthcare and civic clients. With experience in integrating form and function with lighting design and completed projects in a dozen states, he is always striving to inject new ideas and concepts into the design process.

Helen Gurfel

Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance

Helen Gurfel is the executive director of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance. Greenprint is an alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Helen was most recently a director of GE Capital Real Estate’s global sustainability group, where she spearheaded a number of initiatives, including development of sustainability programs for GE’s portfolios in France, Canada, and the U.K., establishment of a rooftop solar program to deploy solar installations across properties in North America and the U.K., and incorporation of innovative technologies into GE-owned properties.

Peter Hugh

Principal, Hugh Lighting Design

As a Chicago based lighting designer, Peter applies his interest in Zen principles and biophilia to adapt architecture for people. With degrees in theater and psychology, Peter employs a process of putting himself into the space, visualizing how the people who ultimately use the space will function and enjoy their surroundings. He uses light to evoke emotions. With over 25 years practicing architectural lighting design, Peter expertly manages the various parameters of any project and applies his technical lighting knowledge to provide solutions to the situations that can arise during the design and construction process. Clients appreciate that he retains a level of realism on the project team throughout this often-intense process.

John Hwang

CEO, PlanLED and Executive Director, Human Centric Lighting

John Hwang is the founder and CEO of PlanLED and the Executive Director of the Human Centric Lighting organization (HCL). John emerged from the world of investment banking and finance in the late 2000s to become one of the primary thought leaders and culture shapers of the rapidly advancing global LED lighting movement. Mr. Hwang was instrumental in convening the HCL by building bridges for meaningful and catalytic relationships between educators, researchers, developers, manufacturers and business leaders who are also significant thought leaders and practitioners within the LED lighting movement.

David Kaneda

Managing Principal, Integral Group

David has over 20 years of extensive experience in the building services industry in North America and Europe. As a Managing Director, his responsibilities include strategic planning, sustainability research, peer review, conceptual design, and interdisciplinary coordination. David shares his in-depth knowledge with various public and private advisory boards, and has contributed to programs for the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the CEC’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. He has played a vital role in several award-winning lighting design projects and has been recognized by the National Register of Peer Professionals. David is often sought after as a presenter and has delivered various presentations on sustainable electrical design at conferences and universities throughout North America.

Jason Lorcher

Principal, Green Dinosaur

As Founder of Green Dinosaur, Jason brings over 20 years of engineering experience across a broad portfolio of projects demonstrating his unique passion for informed, rigorous, environmentally- responsible buildings. As Principal and Chief Executive Officer for Green Dinosaur, Jason is responsible for thought leadership in engineering, modeling, and commissioning. His vision and desire for innovation have created a model for design leadership across the industry.

David Maino

Associate Principal, Integral Group

Dave is a registered professional engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional with experience in power, lighting, renewable energy and communications systems for buildings. He has experience with a wide variety of projects ranging from schools and private residences to large scale commercial and federal projects. Dave’s specialty is sustainable systems for buildings, including efficient power, high efficiency lighting and energy producing renewable energy systems. He has collaborated on a number of LEED Platinum buildings and Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB’s), including the IDeAs Z Squared Design Facility – a cutting edge net zero energy, zero carbon emission commercial office.

Lauren MacLeod

Lighting Designer, Candela

Lauren brings dazzling impact to every project she touches. With over 25 years as a lighting consultant, designer and instructor, she has a wide array of design experiences on world-class projects—and her work literally spans the globe. Her extensive background with hospitality, corporate and healthcare clients gives her resume a breadth and balance that is also world-class. Lauren is well-known for artistic and sustainable lighting concepts. Her passion for sustainability and her artist’s eye for form and detail are sure to bring an absolutely stellar result.

Chris Meek

Daylighting Specialist and Research Assistant Professor, Integrated Design Lab, University of Washington

Christopher Meek, AIA, IES is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington and a registered architect. He is Director of the Integrated Design Lab (IDL) at the University’s College of Built Environments and the Center for Integrated Design (CID). In this role, he consults with design teams in the Pacific Northwest and nationally with a focus on building energy performance, daylighting, visual comfort, electric lighting, and climate-responsive design. He is co-author of Daylighting Design in the Pacific Northwest published in 2012 by the University of Washington Press and Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Design published in 2014 by Routledge.

Sandy Mendler

Principal, Mithun

Sandy was one of the pioneering board members of the United States Green Building Council and the AIA Committee on the Environment, where she served as Board Chair in 2000 and 2001. She coauthored the seminal book, “The HOK Guide to Sustainable Design,” and teaches, lectures and serves on numerous peer review and expert panels. A recipient of numerous awards for her leadership, in 2004 Sandy was named an Environmental Champion by Interiors & Sources Magazine, and four of her projects have been named AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects of the year. Her current research and writing focuses on sustainable design at the neighborhood scale.

Anne Militello

Principal and Founder, Vortex Lighting

Ms. Militello is a renowned theater and architectural lighting designer and fine artist with a career spanning all aspects of creating with light. She has received prestigious awards including an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting for Off Broadway Theater, the Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction for the New 42nd Street Studio Building Facade and Themed Lighting Designer of the Year from Lighting Dimensions International. She has designed concert tours for such artists as Pearl Jam and Leonard Cohen, as well as operas for the Los Angeles Opera and Canadian Opera among others. Her firm Vortex Lighting designs lighting for architecture and she is the Head of Lighting Programs for CalArts. She was also a designer at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Avraham Mor

Partner, Lightswitch Architectural

Heralded as a “Future Leader” by the Illuminating Engineering Society (for which he is Past-President of the Chicago Section), Avraham Mor lives up to his hype. In just over ten years he has advanced from a University of Kansas BFA lighting design intern to Directing Partner of Lightswitch Architectural. With dual talents in architectural and theatrical lighting design, his work is defined by traditional techniques wed to cutting-edge technology. Eco-conscious and on the forefront of the green movement, his adherence to environmental requirements as well as to the client’s bottom line have earned him a superior reputation for creative and successful project management.

Kurt Nielsen

Manager, Lighting Design Lab

Kurt Nielsen, LC, CLEP is manager of the Lighting Design Lab in Seattle, a lighting education, demonstration and product evaluation center funded by major Northwest electric utilities and regional conservation partners. In his leadership role, Kurt is responsible for the Lab’s operations and growth initiatives, which aim to further its mission of promoting the best practices in the use and application of energy-efficient lighting technologies. Kurt holds a BA from the University of Washington, and a MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He has earned the Lighting Certified (LC) credential and is a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP).

Kibum Park

Partner, raad studio

Kibum Park is a partner at raad studio and has worked the lowline project as a head designer. He oversees the design of all of the firm’s projects and is an expert across various markets with a focus on single and multi-family residential, commercial and hospitality projects. He has completed a number of projects both in New York City and across the county.

Eileen Pierce

Lighting Designer, Renfro Design Group: Architectural Lighting Design

Ms. Pierce’s arts background influences her approach to lighting design. The psychology and the effects of lighting are considered in the design process. Architectural Lighting is used not only to define form, but also to evoke emotion from a particular space. This philosophy has led Ms. Pierce to work with several prestigious architects, interior designers and institutions throughout the US. Ms. Pierce’s recently completed projects include Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum: Inaugural Exhibits in New York, NY; Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center in Brooklyn, NY; The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY. Her current projects include Museum and institutional projects in New York, NY and several high- end residential projects from Martha’s Vineyard to Miami.

Rob Pieroth

President, Positive Energy

Rob Pieroth is the President of Positive Energy. He has 27 years of experience in the commercial lighting field. His company specializes in Advanced Lighting Control Systems and Acceptance Testing Certification. Positive Energy is affiliated with CALCTP, NLCAA and California Electrical Training. Rob is also on the board of directors for the National Lighting Contractors Association of America, which is one of the two organizations authorized to administer and train Acceptance Technicians for Title 24.

Tommy Polzin

Sustainability Leader, Dow Chemical

Tommy joined Dow in 2014 to design, launch and implement a sustainability program for Dow’s commercial and research facilities. He brings a wide range of sustainable energy experience to the role from his time at a solar developer and a not for profit think tank that focused on international climate negotiations. He received his MBA from University of Michigan and a BSFS from Georgetown University.

Andrew Pultorak

Senior Energy Management Engineer, Puget Sound Energy

Andrew Pultorak has nearly 27 years of experience in the lighting industry. Throughout his career, Andrew has designed interior and exterior lighting in both national and international settings. He has developed and taught classes on energy efficiency, lighting design principles, energy codes, and federal legislation impacts on lighting. Andrew holds his certification from NCQLP (National Certification of Qualified Lighting Professionals), is a member of the IES (Illuminating Engineering Society), sits on the IES Seattle/Puget Sound Section Board of Managers as Illumination Awards Chair, served as President of the IES Seattle/Puget Sound Section and is an active member of the IES National Progress Report Committee.

Rita Renner

Independent Consultant

Rita provides marketing strategy and program development as well as communications services to innovative cleantech organizations. She collaborates with product development teams and service leads to conceptualize go to market strategies and create innovative solutions portfolios centered in the high performance building space.

Kelly Robberson

Senior Designer, Lightswitch

Significant work on both coasts, across multiple genres, has characterized the successful lighting design career of Kelly Roberson. Having stepped out initially as a theatrical lighting designer, this Cornell University grad ultimately gravitated to the world of architectural lighting design. Notable architectural projects in New York City and San Francisco and a contract with Walt Disney Imagineering opened the door to creative work in theme park, museum and business settings. Her depth of experience in these areas made her a natural for Lightswitch, where she has designed, managed and lead a diverse range of projects. LEED Accredited Professional. LD-LEED.

Dan Salinas

President, Lighting Systems Designer, Salinas Lighting Consult

Dan Salinas’ design and project management experience spans all types of commercial and residential projects for which he has received two IESNA IIDA Awards of Merit. His role as project manager for lighting systems has allowed him to work on a wide variety of project types from laboratories to museums, retail and offices/meeting spaces, special event facilities and hotels, restaurants and churches. He is the Past President of the IES (2013-2014) and a member of the IES Board of Directors and Executive Committee He has received the IES Seattle Section Meritorious Service Award and NCQLP Presidential Citation. He is currently in the process of retirement from Nelson Electric and has founded Salinas Lighting Consult.

Kenny Seeton

Manager Central Plant/Energy Manager, CSU Dominguez Hills

Kenny Seeton is both the Central Plant Manager and Energy Manager at CSUDH. When he is not taking care of the Heating and Cooling needs of the campus he is looking for ways to make the campus more energy efficient. Ken is a graduate of the A.I.B. Maintenance Engineering Program with over 26 years’ experience at Hostess Twinkies. Recently the recipient of the 2013 Management Excellence Award at CSUDH, he enjoys working with students and his crew to come up with innovative ways to increase comfort and reduce energy.

Scott Shell

Principal, EHDD

Scott Shell, FAIA, LEED® AP, BD+C is a nationally recognized expert on high-performance buildings and sustainable design, and has written and lectured widely on these topics. He emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to design to create beautiful, comfortable, and healthy spaces with excellent natural lighting, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality. His design direction, leadership, and technical savvy have also been influential on the highly energy-efficient and award-winning Global Ecology Research Center for the Carnegie Institution for Science on Stanford University’s campus, and a feasibility study for a zero-carbon Green Dorm for Stanford University.

Richard Spry LC, MIES

Lighting Systems Designer, Nelson Electric

Having been employed by lighting design firms based in both Europe and the United States Richard Spry brings a wealth of design experience to his projects. His work includes hotels and resorts, casinos, museums, restaurants, retail, healthcare and corporate offices. Instilled with a sensitivity to the environment and energy use in particular, while specializing in the demands of architectural lighting for mood and ambience as much as function and amenity, Richard is keen to demonstrate that it is indeed possible to bring finesse and artistry to a project at the same time as acting responsibly with regard to the environment, and all the time serving the Client and their budget.

Jae Yong Suk

Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

As a daylighting specialist, Senior Designer, and an integral member of the design team, Dr. Jae Yong Suk contributes design and project support through all phases of the project. He works closely with the design team to develop creative solutions that include thorough, high quality daylighting analyses, specifications and documentation. Dr. Suk leads the West Coast daylighting design studio and has worked on projects that include offices, courthouses, libraries, university buildings and museums. He is also experienced with projects related to transportation, public spaces, landscapes and mixed-use development.

Suzan Tillotson

President, Tillotson Design Associates

Ms. Tillotson founded Tillotson Design Associates in 2004 with twenty-three years of lighting design experience. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured in many national and international publications. Ms. Tillotson is a past member of the IALD Board of Directors and has served as the IALD NY area Regional Coordinator for several years. She has been an IES member for thirty years and was president of the Southwest Louisiana Section. She has also served as an awards judge for the New York IES Lumens and the IALD. Ms. Tillotson has taught the New York IES Introductory Lighting Course, numerous lighting design and rendering workshops, and has guest lectured on lighting design.

Marissa D. Tucci

Principal, Tucci Lighting; IES SF President, LEED Green Associate, IALD, IESNA

Marissa Tucci is responsible for the overall operation and design direction of Tucci Lighting. Before forming an independent practice she served as a lighting designer for Interface Engineering and Banks|Ramos Architectural Lighting Design. Her experience includes the interior and exterior lighting design of spaces from healthcare, education and corporate offices to retail, hospitality, residential and houses of worship. Since 2009 she has worked extensively with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, as a San Francisco Section Board Member, to promote the technical advancement and public prominence of the profession. Marissa currently serves as the SF Section President.

Stan Walerczyk

Founder, Lighting Wizards

Stan has 25 years of experience in distribution, maintenance, turnkey retrofit contracting, speaking, writing, lighting design, consultation, third party review, energy efficiency regulations, and research. Stan has been involved in over 500 projects including military facilities, K-12 schools, colleges, hospitals, office buildings, convention centers, movie studios, libraries, historic commercial buildings, retail stores, factories, warehouses, parking facilities, multifamily dwellings, and single-family houses.

Howard Wolfman, PE

Principal, Lumispec Consulting

Howard Wolfman received his BSEE from the University of Illinois, MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. His background includes 20 years of experience with Motorola Lighting and the Electronics and Controls Division of OSRAM Sylvania as well as decades of experience in engineering, standards and specification development, manufacturing, and quality. For the past 6 years he has been the principal of Lumispec Consulting, specializing in Lighting Energy Efficiency and Business Development. Howard is a frequent speaker on lighting topics, having given presentations on four continents. In his spare time, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Richard Yancey

Executive Director, Building Energy Exchange

Richard is a LEED Accredited Professional and AIA architect with over 20 years of experience. As the founding Executive Director, Richard is leading the Building Energy Exchange (formerly known as Green Light New York), an independent, nonprofit organization that connects the New York real estate and design communities to energy and lighting efficiency solutions through education, exhibitions, technology demonstrations and research.

Dave Young

Senior Lighting Designer, Stantec

Dave Young, holds a BA in Theatrical Design (Alma College) and an MFA in Lighting Design (University of Oklahoma). In addition to architectural lighting, Dave also has extensive experience in theatrical and concert lighting, and special effects fabrication. Dave was a on the Specialty Lighting Design team for Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma – awarded an IESLA Award of Excellence and an IESNA Award of Merit. As a designer in Los Angeles at a firm well versed in sustainable building practices, Dave has extensive experience in achieving deep energy savings with LED lighting while maintaining a solid design vision.

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