IALD announces 2017 election results

(USA) – Seven lighting designers bring expertise to Board of Directors and Membership Committee.

The IALD has announced the results of the 2017 Elections for the IALD Board of Directors and IALD Membership Committee. These are as follows:

2017 IALD BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
PRESIDENT-ELECT: DAVID GHATAN, IALD – Alexandra, VA USA 2017
TREASURER: RONALD D. KURTZ, JR., IALD – St. Louis, MO USA 2017
DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: DENISE FONG, IALD – Seattle, WA USA
MONICA LUZ LOBO, IALD – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
KEVAN SHAW, IALD – Edinburgh, Scotland UK 2017

IALD MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE:
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: COLIN BALL, IALD – London, England UK
JERED WIDMER, IALD – Philadelphia, PA USA

DAVID GHATAN, IALD
IALD Board of Directors, President-Elect
CM Kling + Associates
Alexandria, VA USA

David Ghatan, IALD, is president of CM Kling + Associates and has worked in architectural lighting for the past eighteen years. Ghatan 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. Ghatan 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.

RONALD D. KURTZ, IALD
IALD Board of Directors, Treasurer
Randy Burkett Lighting Design
St. Louis, MO USA

Ron Kurtz, IALD, has been with Randy Burkett Lighting Design since 1990. Kurtz’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. Kurtz 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. He 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.

DENISE FONG, IALD, CLD
IALD Board of Directors, Director-at-Large
Stantec
Seattle, WA USA

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 specialised lighting design for both public and private clients. Recognised 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, Fong 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
IALD Board of Directors, Director-at-Large
LD Studio
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. Lobo 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.

KEVAN SHAW, IALD
IALD Board of Directors, Director-at-Large
KSLD
Edinburgh, Scotland UK

Born in Edinburgh in 1954, Shaw’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. Shaw 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. Shaw 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 recognised in many lighting awards.

COLIN BALL, IALD
IALD Membership Committee Member
BDP
London, England UK

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, Ball has worked as a Lighting Designer for 20 years with nine years’ experience at Speirs + Major and six years at Isometrix Lighting + Design prior to joining BDP in 2011. Ball 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, Ball 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
IALD Membership Committee Member
The Lighting Practice
Philadelphia, PA USA

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. Widmer has sixteen 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. Widmer 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, Widmer just completed a two year 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.

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