Donna Leban is all about European style and sensibilities, particularly when it comes to architecture and lighting, her two great loves. Donna studied architecture at Carnegie-Mellon University during the first major oil crises of the late 1970's through early 1980's. There she received both a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and a Master of Science in Architecture while a Research Associate at CMU's Advanced Building Studies Program. "Sustainable design" has been an integral part of Donna's design vocabulary and practice ever since.
As a practicing licensed architect through 1990 and now as an NCQLP certified lighting designer and owner of Light/Space/Design of South Burlington, VT, Donna focuses on bringing the best "green" lighting and daylighting practices to commercial and residential clients. She also coaches designers and lighting manufacturers in embracing design that minimizes the input of finite resources.
Donna has worked as a project architect at large firms such as The Hillier Group in Princeton, NJ to small firms in western PA. Working with energy efficiency programs at Green Mountain Power Corp in Vermont, she saw a greater need for energy-informed decisions by designers and better designed energy efficient lighting from manufacturers. Ms. Leban sees the potential of tying these together as a source of new revenues for architects and designers, and an opportunity for new leadership in Green Design.
She has also recently completed work on a professional guidebook to Lighting Retrofit and Relighting, published by Wiley in early 2011.