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
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.
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