Lighting Design Alliance

Good design may be a solitary exercise; great design takes a team of professionals committed to the success of your project. Lighting Design Alliance brings this team of professionals with years of diverse experience to you.

Charles Israel, FIALD, LC, LEED® AP

CEO & Founder

Charles Israel, FIALD, LC, LEED® AP

Chip Israel has been a lighting designer for over 30 years. In 1992, he founded Lighting Design Alliance, a full-service architectural lighting design firm, where he built a highly-select team of lighting-design professionals who now serve a variety of clients worldwide. As CEO and Founder, Chip works closely with the owner, the design team, and manufacturers to ensure lighting systems are fully integrated with the architectural design and enhance the designer’s concepts.

Education

Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Environmental Systems

Awards & Associations

IES Lumen West Award of Excellence

Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Phase I (2006)
Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa (2004)
The Venetian Exterior (2000)
The Venetian Interiors (2000)
50 Beale Street (1993)
Pershing Square Park (1993)

IES Lumen West Award of Merit

City National Plaza Lobby (2006)
Vincent Thomas Bridge (2006)
Spa Resort and Casino (2004)
Moody Gardens Aquarium (2000)
Parker’s Lighthouse (2000)
Juxtapose (2000)
Bayside, Newport Beach (2000)
365 Murad Salon (1997)
The Citadel (1992)

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Awards of Merit

Disney’s Wide World of Sports (1999)
Disney’s Coronado Springs Exterior (1999)
Disney’s Coronado Springs Interiors (1999)
MCA Music Publishing (1997)
Metropolitan Transit Authority Headquarters (1997)
911 Wilshire Lobby (1996)
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (1994)
Pershing Square Park (1994)
Morrison & Foerster Law Offices (1991)
Ontario Airport (1999)
Sony Imageworks (1997)
The Official All-Star Cafe (1997)
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (1995)
50 Beale Street (1994)
Sanwa Bank Plaza Interiors/Exteriors (1992)
Lee Bronson Residence (1990)

GE Award of Excellence

The Venetian (1999)
911 Wilshire Lobby Renovation (1995)
Morrison & Foerster Law Offices (1990)

GE Award of Merit

Sony Imageworks (1996)
50 Beale Street (1993)

Martin Professional Lighting Designer of the Year (2002)


International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)
Board of Directors, Director of Education
IALD Education Trust
President
Designers Lighting Forum
Past President
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
Hospitality Committee, Bridges and Building Committee
La Sfacciata Lighting Academy
Board of Directors

Publications

World Gaming and Leisure Review 1996-1997, Casino Lighting Architectural Record Lighting, November 1991, The Citadel Landscape Architect & Specifier, April 1991, Landscape Lighting Architectural Lighting, April 1990, P'ZAZZ Yacht Showboats International, July 1989, P'ZAZZ

Lectures & Seminars

Chip Israel is committed to promoting excellence in lighting design through education. As a leading industry spokesman, he has presented technical papers and educational seminars in over 7 countries and lectured at a dozen universities across the country. Chip is routinely asked to speak at industry events - Designers Lighting Forum, Illuminating Engineering Society national and local conferences, and the trade shows Hospitality Design, Neocon and Lightfair. In February of 2006 he spoke at the International Congress on Architecture and Technology in Frankfurt, Germany.

Experience

Chip has been an instructor at UCLA and the American College of Applied Arts in the field of interior lighting. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California on the topic of Lighting and Daylighting for Architecture. Chip frequently lectures among his peers. For example, he has given presentations at DLF meetings, the National Conference of IESNA, University of California in Long Beach, and LIGHTFAIR 1993 and 1996. Chip's design experience ranges from building facade lighting, to custom fixture design, to corporate office spaces, to themed hotels and resorts. Some landmark projects that Chip has designed include: First Interstate World Tower, Sanwa Plaza at Figueroa & Wilshire, Sony High Definition Post Production, Mission: Bermuda Triangle, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, UCLA Site Lighting Master Plan, Oakley Technical Center, Disney Institute, and Disney's All Star Resort.

Kyllene A. Jones, LEED® AP

President

Kyllene A. Jones, LEED® AP

Kyllene’s Architectural Engineering education and experience in the lighting design field give her the expertise required to communicate effectively with technical consultants and a design team. With her skills, she has excelled as a Designer and now as a President at Lighting Design Alliance, where she establishes and maintains strong client relationships.

Education

University of Kansas

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering
Emphasis: Illumination Engineering and Power Systems Design

Awards & Associations

IESNA Awards of Merit

Katsuya – Hollywood (2008)
S Bar (2008)
Westlake Village Hotel & Spa Interior (2007)
Onyx Restaurant (2007)
The Cheesecake Factory – Atlanta (2007)
The Cheesecake Factory – Rancho Mirage (2006)
The Cheesecake Factory – The Grove (2006)
Beverly Hills Triangle (2005)

IES Lumen West Award of Excellence

Westlake Village Hotel & Spa Exterior (2007)

IES Lumen West Award of Merit

The Cheesecake Factory – The Grove (2006)
Purescapes (2003)
CarsDirect.com (2001)

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)
Associate Member

Illumination Engineering Society
Associate Member

Publications

Architectural Lighting Magazine
Visual Merchandising and Store Design
Shopping Center World
Lighting Design + Application (LD+A)
Landscape Architect Magazine

Experience

Kyllene joined LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE in 1999 after graduating with an Architectural Engineering degree with emphasis in Illumination and Power Systems from the University of Kansas. While earning her degree, she worked as a lighting design assistant for three lighting design firms, including: Randy Burkett Lighting Design in St. Louis, MO; Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum’s Lighting Group in St. Louis, MO; and Lam Partners in Cambridge, MA. At these firms, Kyllene honed her skills while working on various types of projects, including historic, residential, commercial and airport projects.

Kyllene has also guest lectured for undergraduate lighting courses at the Schools of Architecture and Engineering at the University of Kansas, University of Colorado, University of Southern California and the School of Interior Design at California State Long Beach.

For the past ten years at LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE, Kyllene’s experience has included hospitality, retail, commercial, theatre and restaurant design, as well as medical centers, master planning, museums and specialty application projects. Completed projects include the Master Plan for the City of Beverly Hills, Four Seasons at Great Exuma Bay, Four Seasons at Westlake Village, Katsuya by Starck locations, LAC+USC Medical Replacement Center, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim GardenWalk and ESPN Zone Restaurants. Currently, Kyllene is designing such large-scale projects as Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Vacation Club, a custom residence and gallery in Beverly Hills, a mixed use project for Downtown Los Angeles, as well as several resorts in Europe, Asia and Central America. She is also working on numerous restaurants with The Cheesecake Factory throughout the U.S.

Andrew Powell, IES, LC

Vice President

Andrew Powell, IES, LC

From his architectural engineering education to his professional experience as a lighting designer and electrical engineer, Andy has acquired a rare set of skills which serve him well in his capacity as Vice President and Project Manager at Lighting Design Alliance. Thorough communication during all phases of design and construction is vitally important to the success of any project. In addition to careful coordination with the owner and architect, Andy’s unique background and experience allows him to communicate equally well with other technical consultants.

Education

University of Kansas

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering
Emphasis: Electrical and Illumination Engineering

Awards & Associations

IES IIDA Awards of Merit

Saban (2003)
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen (2002)
Dodger Stadium Renovation (2001)
Terminator 2 3D Attraction, Edison International Field of Anaheim (Anaheim Angels) (2000)
Irvine Spectrum Phase II, Disney’s Wide World of Sports (1999)
Sony Imageworks (1997)

IES Lumen West Awards of Excellence

Irvine Spectrum Phase II (1999)
Sony Imageworks (1997)

IES Lumen West Awards of Merit

Dodgers Stadium Renovation, Cars Direct.com (2001)
Terminator 2 3D Attraction, Edison International Field of Anaheim (Anaheim Angels) (2000)
Disney’s Wide World of Sports (1999)

GE Edison Award of Merit

Sony Imageworks (1996)

Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
President of Los Angeles Section 2004/2005

Designers Lighting Forum (DLF)

Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Profession (LC)

Publications

Architectural Lighting Visual Merchandising and Store Design Shopping Center World Lighting Design + Application (LD+A) Architectural Record

Experience

Prior to joining LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE, Andy held positions at W. L. Thompson Consulting Engineers and Kelly Lundstrom George. Starting as an entry level lighting designer at WLT, his experience expanded there (and later at KLG) to include electrical design engineer and project manager. Andy’s lighting credits during this period include numerous domestic and international projects, including several Ritz Carlton and Hyatt hotels, Disney’s Mediterranean and Boardwalk Resorts, Carolina Place Mall and the law offices of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Atlanta. Since joining LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE in 1995, Andy’s experience has expanded to include single and multi-family residences, sports complexes, entertainment centers, convention centers and theme parks. Some examples include: Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, Sony Screening Room, ASI Entertainment, Broadway Street Renovation, Universal Studios Florida Isla Nublar—Home of Jurassic Park, Myriad Convention Center, Universal Studios Hollywood-Terminator 2 3D, Entertainment Center at Irvine Spectrum (Phase 2) and Anaheim Stadium Renovation. Andy has been a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, University of Kansas, University of Southern California, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach City College, and Orange Coast College.

Raman Krishnan, FISLE

Director - International

Krishnan has over thirty-three years of experience in the lighting industry in an overall professional career of nearly four decades. In his career, he has worked with some of the biggest multi-national lighting manufacturers, in a variety of key roles and has contributed positively to the lighting industry. Since 1991, Krishnan has been working as a lighting specialist based in Dubai offering services in the Middle East Region.

Education

Krishnan has obtained his technical education from a premier Indian educational institution, the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India. He has also acquired specialist lighting application courses from internationally reputed institutions.

Awards & Associations

Krishnan is a Fellow for life of the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers and was one of the founder members of the technical committee of the society.

Experience

Krishnan provides the much required local support to Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Designers, and Developers. As he is based within easy reach of the projects, clients are assured of constant support. Product availability, pricing, lead times and local durability are other issues where Krishnan’s experience becomes critical. Some of the executed projects Krishnan has been involved immensely are listed below:

• 25 million square feet “Villaggio” mall in Doha.
• Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai with over 2 miles of facade lighting.
• Interior lighting for the DIFC offices at the Gate Building, Dubai.
• Interior and exterior lighting for the Al Sufouh Multi Use Towers, Dubai
• All areas for Taj Exotica, Dubai
• Exterior lighting for the Dubai International Marine Club Resort, Dubai
• Dubai International Airport – Terminal 1 & 2 expansions.
• Dubai Royal Terminal
• Nine Amiri Flight Facilities, Abu Dhabi.
• Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi
• Emirates Airlines HQ, Dubai
• H.H Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
• Dubai Metro stations.
• Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi

In recent years, Krishnan has been associated with many prestigious lighting projects across Middle East, including palaces for the Royal Family, Abu Dhabi Mall, Airport, National Bank of Bahrain, Mercedes Car Showroom etc. Also he has been involved in product development for the Middle East market and has had associated with many manufacturers in this regard.

Jeremy Windle, LC, LEED® AP

Senior Designer

Jeremy Windle, LC, LEED® AP

Jeremy began in live entertainment, working and designing in theatre and theme park environments in college before moving into concert touring and broadcast television. For the last 10 years he has been translating the “live theatre” experience to architectural environments by working closely with owners, the design and engineering teams to integrate modern show lighting technology to create designed environments.

Education

Emerson College

Bachelor of Science, Mass Communications
Emphasis: Lighting Design for Stage and Television

Awards & Associations

IES Lumen West Award of Excellence

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa (2005)
Revenge of the Mummy The Ride (2005)
Santa Monica Art Installation (2004)

IES Lumen West Award of Merit

GameWorks (2001)
GameWorks - Easton, Ohio (2000)
GameWorks - Schaumburg, Illinois (2000)

IES Paul Waterbury Award

Morongo Casino (2005)
LAX Gateway Enhancement (2001)

IIDA Award of Excellence

LAX Gateway Enhancement (2001)

IIDA Award of Merit

GameWorks - Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003)
GameWorks - Easton, Ohio (2000)
GameWorks - Schaumburg, Illinois (2000)
GameWorks - Tempe, Arizona (1998)
GameWorks - Grapevine, Texas (1998)

Themed Entertainment Association Awards

Tomb Raider, The Ride

Designer’s Lighting Forum Los Angeles (DLFLA)
President

Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
Member

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)
Associate Member

Santa Monica College Interior Architecture Program
Adjunct Instructor

Los Angeles Unified School District / Van Nuys High
Resident Lighting Designer

Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Profession (LC)

Experience

Jeremy joined LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE in 2006 after almost 13 years as a designer with Visual Terrain. He started in live and broadcast entertainment, assisting on such shows as Entertainment Tonight, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and concert tours for John Mellencamp, Steely Dan and Boston. At the end of his tenure at Visual Terrain, Jeremy was an Associate Principal Designer managing large projects including themed attractions for Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando, Paramount Parks, the Experience Music Project, and Hershey’s Chocolate World. In addition to highly themed environments, Jeremy has worked as lead lighting designer on conventional office spaces, theatre renovations, and large destination retail developments by Simon Properties, O&S Holdings and Caruso Affiliated. With experience as a live show technician and theme park installations, Jeremy brings an unusual level of technical experience.

C. Lindsey Perkins, LEED® AP

Senior Designer

C. Lindsey Perkins, LEED® AP

Lindsey’s background as a theatrical lighting designer brings artistry and practical experience to both themed and conventional architectural lighting design. With scores of realized designs before she began working in architecture, Lindsey has demonstrated facility in coordinating with multi-disciplined design teams to produce intricate projects of diverse forms and scale.

Education

University of California, Irvine

Master of Fine Arts, Drama—Lighting Design
Bachelor of Arts, Drama—Design and Stage Management

Awards & Associations

Illuminating Engineering Society Lumen West Award of Excellence

The Cheesecake Factory - Atlanta (2007)

Illuminating Engineering Society Lumen West Award of Merit

The Cheesecake Factory - Rancho Mirage (2006)
The Cheesecake Factory - The Grove (2006)

2006 Calibre Award International Interior Design Association

Biogen IDEC

Certificate of Appreciation by The City of Los Angeles

The Van Nuys City Hall Project (2005)

Designers Lighting Forum, Los Angeles
Vice President (2007-present)
Board Member at Large (2004-2007)

Illuminating Engineering Society, North America (IESNA)
Committee Member for L.A. Chapter (2003-2006)

International Dark Sky Association
Member (2004-present)

Experience

Lindsey joined LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE in 2001 after working in freelance entertainment design. While earning her degrees she designed numerous theatrical plays and dance concerts, and also assisted other designers with a variety of projects. Lindsey has worked at several theatre festivals, including the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, California Musical Theatre, the Sacramento Music Circus, South Coast Repertory, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. Just prior to joining LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE, she was the assistant lighting designer for a technically demanding live stage show at Disney’s California Adventure. From her theatrical experiences, Lindsey brings artistic integrity, a strong collaborative sensibility, and an understanding of the complexities of fast-paced projects.

Since joining LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE, Lindsey has deftly applied her theatrical experience to hospitality, residential, and gaming design, as well as landscape lighting and master planning. Current projects include the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada; The Arrabelle at Vail Square Hotel & Condominium Resort in Vail, Colorado; and renovation and expansion projects for Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, and several other locations. In addition, Lindsey is part of the team designing for The Cheesecake Factory restaurants, more than eighty of which have been opened since 2003.

Some of Lindsey’s completed projects are the IDEC Pharmaceuticals World Headquarters in San Diego; Pier Park Street Lighting in Panama City Beach, FL; Van Nuys City Hall Seismic Retrofit Renovations; the Geffen Playhouse renovation in Westwood, California; the Gallo Performing Arts Center in Modesto, California; Vista Del Campo Student Apartments at UC Irvine; the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida; the Horseshoe Casino Renovations in Hammond, Indiana and Bossier, Louisiana; Skechers Times Square retail store in New York City; Water’s Edge Office Park in Playa Vista, California; St. Joe Towns and Resorts’ WaterSound and RiverTown resort and residential community master plans in Florida; and Blessed Junipero Serra Church in Lancaster, California. Lindsey also designed much of the recently completed Hard Rock Park theme park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Kristin Pickar-Knussmann, LEED® AP, Assoc. IALD, IES

Senior Designer

Kristin Pickar-Knussmann, LEED® AP, Assoc. IALD, IES

Kristin’s educational background in architecture gives her a greater understanding of how lighting can integrate with architecture in terms of construction as well as aesthetics. With a deeper understanding of how spaces are meant to achieve form, she can thoroughly compliment the space with light while maintaining a functional relationship with the structure. Her experience with this light and space collaboration gives her the necessary skills to design and execute a visually and functionally pleasing project to fruition.

Education

Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Environmental Design, College of Architecture, Emphasis: Architecture

Awards & Associations

IESNA Awards of Merit

Westlake Village Hotel & Spa Interior (2007) Onyx Restaurant (2007) The Cheesecake Factory – Atlanta (2007) The Cheesecake Factory – Rancho Mirage (2006) The Cheesecake Factory – The Grove (2006)

IES Lumen West Award of Excellence

Westlake Village Hotel & Spa Exterior (2007)

IES Lumen West Award of Merit

The Cheesecake Factory – Rancho Mirage (2006) The Cheesecake Factory – The Grove (2006)

IESNA, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Member

IALD, International Association of Lighting Designers
Associate Member

LEED Accredited Professional by the Green Building Certification Institute (LEED AP)

Publications

Lighting Design + Application (LD+A)

Specified Lighting Design

Landscape Architect and Specifier News

Experience

Kristin joined LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE in 2003 after graduating with honors with a degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture. While earning her degree she worked for the prestigious German architecture firm HPP Hentrich - Petschnigg & Partner KG in Dusseldorf, Germany. This experience gave her the opportunity to see the real world of architecture and made her realize that her architectural appreciation and passion lied in the details, in highlighting architecture.

After taking a conceptually based lighting course her senior year and graduating, Kristin was recommended by her lighting professor to join the team at LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE. Kristin has developed her knowledge and skills in lighting design and construction management through over (50) projects in hospitality, residential, retail and restaurant design. Completed projects include numerous Cheesecake Factory Restaurants, Westlake Village Hotel & Spa, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim Garden Walk, XIV, and ESPN Zone, LA. Projects currently in design and construction include several large scale works such as One Santa Fe, La Punta Papagayo, Disney Grand Hawaiian, as well as custom residences in California and South Dakota.