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Jonathan Ayala
Jonathan Ayala
Co-Founder & Principal
Your Lighting Brand & The Lighting Exchange
The Dynamic Evolution of The Lighting Agency Today

As a co-founder of a highly innovative marketing, technology, and communications companies dedicated to the lighting industry, Jonathan has pioneered unique solutions and platforms for communications, sales solutions, and education, including The Lighting Exchange, Exergent, The Continuing Architect, and Architectural SSL magazine. Before YLB, he was Director of Design Technology at Ohdee Dohdee and Vice President at Lighting Unlimited. Jonathan has a BA in Visual Communications and Graphic Design from Ohio Dominican University.
Elif Ayalp
Elif Ayalp
Senior Lighting Designer
Arup
Lighting the Built Environment at Night: Two Perspectives

Elif grew up in Istanbul and first learned about lighting design as a teenager while studying with Carlotta de Bevilacqua. She has been on the Arup lighting design team since 2016. Before Arup she was a lighting designer at LumiCom Aydınlatma in Istanbul, and lighting and industrial designer at Planlux in Istanbul. She studied industrial design at the Politechnico di Milano.
Renee Borg
Renee Borg
Principal
16500
The Dynamic Evolution of The Lighting Agency Today

As principal for the Bay Area lighting agency 16500, Renee heads a team of over 50 professionals who bring a unusually diverse range of experience and technical knowledge to their projects. On the forefront of emerging service offerings and project management expertise in lighting and integrated controls, 16500 has built a reputation for innovation, consistency and an extraordinary level of customer service. Before 16500, She held several positions at Acuity Brands, including VP Customer Engagement, Regional VP Los Angeles, and Director of Sales Western Region. Renee holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science.
Chris Bright
Chris Bright
Senior Designer
Lighting Design Alliance
An important member of Lighting Design Alliance’s team, Chris credits his education at Penn State University, training and experience on the job, and his involvement in professional organizations like the Illuminating Engineering Society, specifically with the Emerging Professionals in both his local LA section and with the North American Committee.  His experience working overseas on has developed his ability solve problems find solutions in the field, and work with seamlessly with ownership, architects, engineers, and contractors. Chris has a Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Teal Brogden
Teal Brogden
Senior Principal, President
HLB Lighting
Experiencing the Daylight Dynamic

Teal joined the HLB Lighting Design's San Francisco office in 1991 and spearheaded the opening of the Los Angeles office in 1994. Her work has been featured in Architectural Lighting Magazine, Architect, and Interior Design. Teal continues to bring people together who are passionate about architecture, art, and light to learn and grow by guest lecturing and teaching at architectural and academic venues at home and abroad. Her vast portfolio of projects is fueled by her love of travel and culture which have developed in her a deep understanding of the impact that light can bring to any experience. She has been expanding her experience with projects including performing arts venues, museums, transportation centers, hotels, corporate offices, mixed-use developments, universities, lab/research facilities, landscapes, and facades.
Angela Brooks
Angela Brooks
Principal
Brooks + Scarpa Architects
The work of Angela Brooks lies at the confluence of beauty and better societies. She is a powerful advocate for the rich, multivalent impact of good design. With each project, she envisions opportunities to change what is possible for the individual, the community, the planet. Her successful execution of these ideas, that often require new construction methods, has placed her at the forefront of the implementation of environment technologies in building and made her a recognized leader in the field of sustainable design. Ms. Brooks sees architecture as an instrument for the triple bottom line and the delivery vehicle for space that encourages occupants to flourish. She has pursued this philosophy through two tracks since her master’s thesis almost twenty-five years ago: executing and enhancing individual structures while formulating and advancing ideas that promote larger societal wellbeing through policy organizations. This combination of the ideal and the practical has led to a multiplicity of awards within the field and mainstream recognition such as the USA Network 2010 Character Approved award. She is also a co-founder of Livable Places, Inc., a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing and more sustainable and livable communities.

About BROOKS + SCARPA
Brooks + Scarpa is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects 2022 Gold Medal, the highest award given by the AIA. They are also the recipients of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award in Architecture, the State of California and National American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award, The Maybeck Award and others. Brooks + Scarpa has received more than 100 major design awards, including 30 National AIA Awards, Record Houses, Record Interiors, the Rudy Bruner Prize, five AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide.
Robert Davis
Robert Davis
Chief Lighting Research Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Career Paths in Lighting and Design

Bob’s PNNL responsibilities include serving as Technical Director of the Solid-State Lighting program and leading several human factors research efforts. He has been a faculty member in architecture at RPI’s Lighting Research Center and in engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His experience includes working in engineering and marketing at a lamp manufacturer and leading the product development and engineering teams at a luminaire manufacturer. He has degrees in Architectural Engineering and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. Bob is a recipient of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Presidential Award, the John and Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award, and the New York State Governor’s Award for Energy Excellence. He is Co-Director of the Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy at the University of Colorado, where he has an appointment as an adjoint faculty member in architectural engineering, and he holds a joint appointment as Affiliate Professor in architectural engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a BS and MS in Architectural Engineering, Penn State University; PhD in Cognitive Psychology, University of Colorado; and is a Fellow, Illuminating Engineering Society.
Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis
Senior Research Analyst
Guidehouse
Permanent Chaos, Wishful Thinking and Real Opportunities: The Lighting Industry Today

Wendy leads Guidehouse Insights’ Lighting Efficiency research service. Her research focuses on the lighting and intelligent building controls markets, with expertise in lighting technologies, lighting measurements and standards, the influence of policy on the lighting industry, and lighting quality. Before Guidehouse, Wendy was an associate professor in lighting at the University of Sydney, where she led a professional graduate program in illumination design and a research laboratory investigating novel architectural applications of new and emerging lighting technologies. She also worked as a scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to support the development and commercialization of solid-state lighting for illumination applications. Wendy has a BA in psychology and physiology from the University of Minnesota and an MS and PhD in vision science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Josh Dean
Josh Dean
Executive Director
California Energy Alliance
Josh has extensive of experience in the sustainability, construction, and real estate industries with projects ranging from energy retrofits and LEED certifications to supervising commercial new construction and residential development. He has also worked with government agencies, businesses, and nonprofits to deliver projects and education around sustainability. Before CEA, he was Executive Director of the San Diego Green Building Council, and a real estate and sustainability consultant for Tomea, Inc. He has a B.S. in construction management from Southern Polytechnic State University, a Certificate in Sustainable Business practices from the University of California, San Diego, and a M.S. in Energy, Policy, and Climate from John Hopkins University.