Our goal is the successful implementation of your vision.


Ventresca Design LLC was established in 2008 with a commitment to provide innovative and thoughtfully executed architectural lighting design solutions for projects of all sizes. It is our belief that quality lighting not only enhances architecture but has the potential to positively influence how we all experience the built environment.

We provide a comprehensive package of lighting design services that are tailored to meet the needs of each project and implemented with a focus on proactive collaboration to convey accurate, reliable and on-time information.

In addition, Ventresca Design is committed to the health of our environment through sustainable building practices including the use of day lighting, energy efficiency and a focus on advanced technology in lighting sources, optics and controls.

Some of our clients:


Christopher Ventresca, IES LEED AP

Chris has been working in the field of architectural lighting design for over 13 years with exposure to large and small scale projects that include hospitality, retail, commercial, and high-end residential.

Having earned his degree in lighting design, Chris gained additional experience as a designer with a notable New York based lighting consulting firm. There he became the lead designer on various projects and was involved in all aspects of project design, specification and management. Chris later moved on to join the offices of Clodagh Design International and Jack Morton Worldwide before starting his own practice.

A natural collaborator, Chris enjoys working closely with clients and project team members to realize lighting design goals, thoroughly and thoughtfully executing every project from schematic design to completion. A strong knowledge of emerging technologies, codes and lighting trends enable Chris to be an educated advisor to clients and the entire project team.

As a LEED® Accredited Professional of the United States Green Building Council, his experience implementing sustainable building practices has been valuable in developing efficient, cost-effective and innovative lighting design solutions. Chris is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and serves on the board of directors for the Designer’s Lighting Forum of New York.

Karen Alvarez, LEED AP
Sr. Lighting Designer

Karen has over 15 years of experience delivering innovative and cost effective lighting solutions for high-end projects including: hospitality, facades, commercial and residential. After completing her master’s degree in architectural lighting, Karen worked at prominent lighting design firms in New York City. She gained diverse and valuable experience as lead lighting designer and project manager on projects for globally renowned architects. She then worked for the office of Adam Tihany developing luxury hospitality projects. Prior to joining Ventresca Design, Karen collaborated with several architectural design firms and hotel companies developing lighting designs for a variety of national and international hospitality projects; from initial design concept through final focusing.

Karen’s broad experience allows her to understand the goals and concerns of each client; and to carefully customize and tailor the lighting design to reflect the unique vision of each client.

Fiona Wong, LC
Lighting Designer

Fiona has over ten years of experience in the field of architectural lighting design, where she has collaborated with architecture firms such as Diller Scofido + Renfro, Foster + Partners, and Zaha Hadid Architects on a diverse range of national and international projects that include hospitality, commercial and residential.

Trained in lighting design, she continued to gain valuable practical experience as a lighting designer, and later as a project manager with several NY based lighting design firms. She has co-designed and co-managed numerous projects from schematic design to completion, and has ensured that the lighting design intent and specification integrity of the projects are achieved within budget and on schedule.  Several projects have won lighting awards, and have been featured in major design publications such as Architectural Record, Hospitality Design and Surface Magazine.

She has a Lighting Certified (LC) accreditation from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Profession (NCQLP). She is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and International Association of Lighting Designers.

Estefania Diaz-Ortega
Lighting Designer

Originally from Ecuador, Estefania brings valuable perspective to Ventresca Design through her previous experience as an interior designer in retail, commercial spaces and visual merchandising. While in Ecuador she also taught a course in retail design at the Universidad Tecnica de Ambato.

Looking to pursue her interests in lighting, which she has always seen as one of the most important aspects of a design, Estefania moved to New York where she completed her masters study in both lighting design and sustainable interior environments. This study allows her to further implement the relationship between lighting and sustainability in her projects and bring value to our process.

Craig Young, IES
Jr. Lighting Designer


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We’re often seeking qualified and motivated candidates who are interested in contributing to unique projects, while working in a creative and team oriented environment.