ARCHLIGHT SUMMIT ADVISORY BOARD

The ArchLIGHT Summit Advisory Board consists of distinguished industry leaders who provide valuable perspectives for shaping this groundbreaking event and its educational programming.

PETER AUGUSTA

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, CASAMBI TECHNOLOGIES NORTH AMERICA

With 20 years of experience in architectural lighting, Peter Augusta has a unique blended background in lighting, software and modern technologies with a passion for bringing these disciplines together. Casambi’s wireless lighting control system is a robust, cost-effective and simple solution that delivers versatility in design and control, ease of installation and use, and connectivity that’s reliable and effortless.

CRAIG A. BERNECKER, Ph.D., FIESNA, LC

FOUNDER, THE LIGHTING EDUCATION INSTITUTE

Dr. Bernecker has been a lighting educator for over 35 years. He is founder of The Lighting Education Institute and Professor of Lighting Design and Director of the Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design program at Parsons School of Design, The New School. He previously directed the lighting education program within the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University. He has published more than 50 articles on research and education in lighting design and illumination engineering and is known for his work on the psychological aspects of lighting. Dr. Bernecker also maintains an active consulting practice and regularly serves as a peer reviewer for lighting research proposals and projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. As a result of his contributions to lighting education, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) named him a Fellow in 1991, and for serving in several IES offices, he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2017.

MICHELLE CRUZ

LIGHTING SPECIFIER/SPEC SALES, PUTTERMAN SCHARCK & ASSOCIATES

Michelle Cruz is a specification sales representative for Houston-based agency Putterman Scharck & Associates. She recently founded the Houston chapter of Women in Lighting + Design (WILD). Prior to joining Putterman Scharck, Cruz served as a lighting consultant for Lights Fantastic Pro and has been a showroom manager for Coventry Lighting Design Center and Wabash Lighting.

RACHEL FITZGERALD, CLD, LC, IALD, IES, LEED AP BD+C

PRINCIPAL, DISCIPLINE LEAD, LIGHTING, STANTEC

A graduate of the University of Colorado’s lighting program, Rachel Fitzgerald has nearly 20 years of experience in lighting design, providing significant expertise to Stantec’s buildings and master plans globally. Her talent and commitment to the design of highly sustainable and human-centric spaces has been recognized with more than three dozen design awards. Fitzgerald’s drive to create a world where lighting plays a more impactful role manifests itself through her industry involvement. She is the Membership Chair for the IALD, serves on the WELL light concept advisory, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

ARCHIT JAIN, IALD, LEED® AP, ISLE

PRINCIPAL, OCULUS LIGHT STUDIO

An architect by training, and with specialization in Building Science, Jain is founding-partner at Oculus Light Studio. He has lived and practiced in Los Angeles for over 20 years, working on a wide variety of lighting design projects around the globe. His projects have won over 40 lighting design awards. He is a professional member of the IALD, and has been on the Lightfair Innovation Awards Committee. He has spoken at Lightfair, IES Street and Area Lighting Conference and Lightshow West.

JESSICA KENNEDY, LC, WELL AP

SENIOR LIGHTING DESIGNER, STANTEC

Jessica Kennedy is a Penn State graduate in Architectural Engineering with a focus in architectural lighting and building electrical design. She has previous experience working in lighting consulting and electrical design build. Her background in engineering brings a technical, problem-solving approach to her designs, and encourages a drive for full discipline coordination early on projects. She enjoys the challenge of evaluating existing conditions and projects with complex design and energy efficiency requirements. Each project allows her to combine the artful integration of lighting science and design to deliver an efficient solution for the client and end users.

JILL KLORES, CLD, IALD, LC, FIES

SENIOR LIGHTING DESIGNER AND FOUNDING PARTNER, ESSENTIAL LIGHT DESIGN STUDIO

Jill Klores brings 32 years of lighting industry experience and 24 years of lighting design in commercial, residential and institutional projects . Klores has completed award-winning lighting designs for an array of project types, including education, corporate projects, healthcare and senior living, museum and entertainment venues. She began her studies in the field of physics and optics, subsequently switching to photography to bring together the fields of optics/lensing and light. She “found” illuminating engineering alongside environmental design at the University of Colorado, and her passion for the technical and artistic aspects of light were formally blended. Under Klores’ guidance, Essential Light Design Studio has grown to eight employees in Texas, New York and Arkansas. She and her creative staff have won more than 40 awards for excellence in lighting design.

KELLY ROBERTS, LEED® BD+C, IES

PRINCIPAL, PRIMARY ARC DESIGN

Kelly Roberts brings nearly two decades of experience to the architectural lighting industry after receiving her education in theatrical scenic and lighting design. Prior to founding Primary Arc Design, Roberts worked as a designer and then Studio Director of WALD Studio for more than 15 years. She has designed a wide range of projects across the United States and overseas, including high-end residential, upscale retail and boutique hospitality. Outside of the office, Roberts has devoted her energy to expanding the networking strength and industry outreach of Women in Lighting + Design (WILD). She also serves on the Advisory Board for Equity in Lighting (EIL).

SHAHAD SADEQ, ASSOC. AIA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AIA SPRINGFIELD CHAPTER

Sadeq is the Executive Director at AIA’s Springfield chapter and an architectural designer. She is passionate about amplifying diverse voices in the profession and sustainable workplace culture. She continues to exist at the intersection of architecture and advocacy. Her experience--as a previous JEDI board member at SmithGroup, co-founder of both the EDI task force at AIA Dallas and the Equity in Architecture Committee at AIA Kansas City, and current co-founder/co-leader of the Immigrant Architect Coalition—has equipped her with the skills and insight to communicate, educate and engage strategically with advancing holistic policy that delivers efficient growth of potential in the workplace.

LAURA McDONALD STEWART, FASID, RID, LEED® AP, WELL AP

FOUNDER/OWNER, LAURA McDONALD ENTERPRISES and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ

Stewart received her BS in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University and her MFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. After several years in the commercial interior design field, she founded Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ, the online resource that prepares a new generation of designers to enter the workforce. For almost 10 years, Stewart also managed METROCON Expo & Conference, the annual two-day event in Dallas focusing on the built environment. She has served on the ASID National Board, currently sits on three interior design department advisory councils, and was the recipient of the 2009 NCIDQ National Louis S. Tregre Award.

JERED E. WIDMER, IALD, MIES

PRINCIPAL, DALLAS OFFICE, THE LIGHTING PRACTICE

Widmer joined The Lighting Practice in 2001 upon graduation from The Pennsylvania State University. Leading TLP’s Dallas office, he has designed architectural lighting for corporate, retail, historic, hospitality, education, healthcare and places of worship. Diverse work allows him to merge creative principles and techniques to enhance the user environment. He educates clients and team members through a collaborative design process, facilitating a better understanding of the impact of lighting. His passion for digital technology and smart home integration has fueled his IoT and smart lighting knowledge and its benefits for clients and project sectors. He has collaborated with both retail and corporate clients to deliver smart lighting solutions that enhance the user experience and deliver detailed data for improved operational efficiencies.