Bachelor of Arts Design
The George Washington University

International Association of Lighting Designers IALD Professional
Member of Illuminating Engineering Society
NCQLP – LC certified

David C. Ghatan

President, CLD | IALD | LC | MIES

David’s work includes a variety of projects in hospitality, corporate offices, multi-family residences, government and religious projects. The Liberty Hotel, Boston and BBG-BBGM office in the Empire State Building are recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) with the Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design in international judging. The Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC and Sands Capital Management in Arlington, VA received IES DC Candela Awards.

He started his career in Washington DC theatres in 1999. The same year, he joined CM KLING + ASSOCIATES INC. under the mentorship of Candace M. Kling.

David is deeply involved on lighting committees and boards. He is the current President Elect (2017) of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and his previous roles include Director-at-Large (2011-2013) and Treasurer (2013-2017). He’s active with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) on the Hospitality Committee.

He continues to design scenery and lighting with his local theatres. He’s a company member with the Rorschach Theatre, where his work has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.


Wyndham Grand Hotel
Clearwater, FL

World Bank Headquarters
Washington, DC

M&T Stadium
Baltimore, MD

Sands Capital Management
Arlington, VA

Plaza at Coral Gables
Coral Gables, FL

Square 37 & Square 50
Washington, DC

Javits Convention Center
New York City, NY