I understand light as an integral part of how we see and, more importantly, how we perceive our world. Darkness is much more than the absence of light: it’s an entire universe of concealed form. So when light emerges, it brings form out of that darkness, having meaning in relationship to its backdrop.

When we look at landscapes and buildings at night, a framework of shapes and textures lights up. Nocturnal landmarks come to life and are able to give a place character and create impressions. In order to construct evocative spaces it is imperative to organize light for optimal visual balance and tension. Properly done, engaging architectural lighting can capture people’s spirits. It is an opportunity to bring beauty and lightheartedness into the world.

After studying art and psychology at Ottawa University, I graduated from the French Algonquin College Interior Design Program in 1985. The week after I started working as an architectural lighting designer, a career that lasted three decades and brought wonderful, varied experiences. I founded coCreations lighting design inc. in 1995, completing numerous commissions and partnering with other professionals on many award-winning projects.


Design is way of thinking and doing.

For design success, one must incorporate both the creative and practical.
Costs, safety, energy and maintenance are critical, but if technical issues alone are considered, the human experience is greatly diminished. The eye and the perception of space works as no lighting meter can measure. For this reason, lighting must be planned to be inclusive of multiple design considerations holistically.

My approach incorporated things ranging from design concepts to post installation: development of strategies; drawing up blueprints; systems integration; budget and report preparation; customized luminaire design; on-site supervision; focusing of equipment, and maintenance and operation instructions.

Most importantly, one has to be organized and possess good communication skills. Lighting demands liaisons between multiple stakeholders: owners, architects, engineers, construction personnel, material providers, designers, and those displaced or inconvenienced by it.

Getting involved in the development of a new type of design profession was also important to me. I was a long time active member and instructor for the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers.


Some of the major installations and renovations I was lucky to be involved with are as follows:

  • Library of Parliament Annex

  • National Defence Command Centre

  • Canadian Museum of Civilization

  • National Gallery

  • Aviation Museum

  • Supreme Court of Canada

  • Canada Post Control Centre

  • Rogers Network National Control Centre

  • National War Memorial

  • Canada World Pavilion

  • Vox Populi sculpture, Ottawa City Hall

  • Carleton University lighting master plan

  • Public Works Innovative Offices

Other types of design projects I was involved with are restaurants, hospitals, banks, and private residences ranging from single family homes and condominiums to luxury estates.

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