David C. Ghatan
President, CLD | IALD | LC | 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 current IALD President (2018-19) and previous roles include 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.
American Greetings HQ
Wyndham Grand Hotel
World Bank Headquarters
Sands Capital Management
Plaza at Coral Gables
Coral Gables, FL
Square 37 & Square 50
Javits Convention Center
New York City, NY