advocates for lighting


Our greatest resource is our team—smart people from diverse backgrounds who rise to the challenge of lighting design that is visionary and impactful. 

Jill Cody, Principal


Jill Cody

Jill has over 25 years of experience as an architectural lighting designer. Her projects have won numerous lighting design awards and been featured in multiple design publications. She views light as a means to craft spaces, heighten experiences, and enhance connections. This experience guides her in creating lighting solutions that thoughtfully address human factors and scales.

Jill has directed lighting design for multiple project types, across a wide range of project sizes and budgets. Her lighting design offers balance: a balance between design integrity and technical solidity; a balance between initial design goals and future operation; a balance between dark and light. 

Ron Kurtz, Principal


Ron Kurtz

From corporate offices to casinos, monuments to animal environments, Ron’s more than 30 years of experience in lighting includes creative solutions and innovative design for a diverse range of project sizes and types. He values strong collaboration with design and ownership teams to satisfy the project’s visual needs and budgetary goals.


​A Pennsylvania State University graduate in architectural engineering, Ron brings expertise to each project  in lighting design, sustainability, and responsible energy use. Enhancing the visual experience of those who interact with architecture is his goal. 

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Stephanie Wood 
Associate IALD, LEED AP, MIES, Associate AIA

Stephanie has over 20 years experience designing and managing hospitality, high end commercial/residential, healthcare and multi-family projects in the U.S. and abroad.  Her lighting design is a balance between the built environment, the requirement for energy savings and the desire to enhance and inspire a space. 


A Washington native, she studied at the University of Washington where she received degrees in Architecture and Building Construction.   

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Kristen Hagland Metzger
Associate IALD

Kristen received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her fourth year of school was spent studying and working in Washington DC.


During this internship that she gained insight into the malleable nature of lighting conditions. She views architecture as means of reassuring belonging and is excited about lighting's essential role in affecting that sense of comfort in place. 



Julie Donovan
Associate IALD, IES, LC, LEED-BD+C, RA

Julie has over 30 years of experience as an architectural lighting designer. She has worked on a wide range of project types and sizes, including corporate, aviation, healthcare, higher education, justice, retail,  sports and hospitality. She enjoys the design challenge that varied projects provide and the opportunity to collaborate with design teams using lighting to bring their projects to life.  Her lighting design offers balance between quality lighting and responsible energy use.


Julie is a registered architect, lighting certified and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis in architecture.   


Danielle Kelly
Associate AIA, WELL AP

While completing her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Danielle discovered her interest in lighting design with the help of a professor whose passion for lighting inspired her to pursue the practice. After completing her degree and internship in Los Angeles, she moved back home to Seattle to work on an array of different project types, her favorites being research institutes, museums, healthcare, and coffee shops.

Danielle also teaches the Lighting for Interiors course at Bellevue College with aspirations to continue promoting the education of lighting design. Her design practice revolves around the creation of a positive and collaborative environment with other designers, shining light on the possibilities of each new project.


Anne Chien

Anne sees the built environment as a medium humanity creates to communicate its ideals that are further accentuated by lighting. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Design from the University of Washington. Her responsibilities include development of graphics, calculations, and research to support all phases of our design work.


Kayla Burke

Kayla decided to start exploring light after starting a career in Interior Design and quickly realizing it is not possible to design the perfect interior without the proper lighting. She believes that lighting plays a critical role in our health and wellness, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

Kayla has a background in Interior Design and Product Development. She studied Visual Communications at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Interior Design from Missouri State University.


Mikaela Bartyzel

Mikaela sees light as the medium through which we perceive our environment. She enjoys exploring how lighting design can manipulate and enhance how we see and interact with our spaces. Mikaela earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree with a focus in sustainable technology and a minor in urban ecological design from the University of Washington.



Abdirahman Abdi

As a designer, Abdi is enthusiastic about the way the built environment and public space inform social interaction, the way we live, and how it can reflect a society and its cultural values. He is interested in how lighting design can bring people together and shape community. Abdi earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in Spanish from Washington State University.

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Jack Koch

Jack is a rising 4th Year at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts studying for his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Lighting Design and Technology. While coming from a live entertainment background, he believes that lighting has a crucial role in daily life. Jack enjoys using a technical and collaborative lens when exploring architectural lighting. 


Kerri Klingfus

Kerri supports Dark Light's work, helping our team offer the best possible client experience by facilitating accounting, marketing, and project administration.