Bachelor of Arts Design
The George Washington University

CLD – Certified Lighting Designer
FIALD (International Association of Lighting Designers –  College of Fellows)
IES Member (Illuminating Engineering Society)

David C. Ghatan

President, CLD | FIALD | MIES

David is deeply involved in lighting design through professional and personal pursuits, as well as his work with associations. He attributes his passion and approach to his mentor, Candy Kling, with whom he worked directly for 14 years and succeeded as President of CM KLING + ASSOCIATES.

His architectural lighting design portfolio includes national and international projects in hospitality, corporate, residential, government, religious, convention centers, and mixed-use. The 2U Headquarters in Lanham, MD and American Greetings Headquarters in Cleveland, OH received lighting design awards in 2018.

David is the immediate past President of IALD and previous roles include President (2018-19), President Elect, Treasurer, and Director-at-Large. He is active with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) on the Hospitality Committee. The newly established Certification of Lighting Designers is the first internationally-recognized, evidenced-based certification for professional lighting designers and, in 2017, David was the 29th professional to receive CLD Certification.

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


Lanham, MD

American Greetings HQ
Cleveland, OH

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