Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Integrating Circadian/WELL

Integrating Circadian/WELL Simulation into Lighting Design Decisions

Mike Thai, Lumen Architecture and Natalia Lesniak, Lumen Architecture

Tuesday, March 12
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room: Nassau West
Credits: 1 AIA LU


With the increasing interest in Circadian and WELL building standards for Lighting Design, we are often asked to quantify our metrics. ALFA, a program designed to develop and test circadian lighting strategies has been recently released. This presentation offers insight to how our office (Lumen Architecture) has implemented ALFA as a tool to guide design decisions to meet WELL standards and Circadian Lighting metrics.


Mike Thai, Lumen Architecture
Trained as an Architect/Lighting Designer, Mike Thai came from a background in music, mathematics, physics and fine arts before completing his studies in architecture and lighting from Parsons The New School for Design. His work and experiments delve into sustainable practice that services a wide population beyond niche high end demographics. As a designer, he has worked on an array of projects ranging from LEED certified passive houses, design build community engagement spaces, and pop up installations in public spaces. He advises on the representational aesthetics to communicate design concepts to clients and the public, through rendering, drawings and animations.

Natalia Lesniak, Lumen Architecture
Architectural lighting designer Natalia Lesniak is a multidisciplinary practitioner with a background and education in the arts and sciences, from the Cooper Union School of Art and the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has worked on experiments and research that focus on the impact of light on circadian rhythms, cognitive performance, and the development of research based light therapy and design strategies. As a designer she works on a range of residential, office, hospitality, retail, and other commercial projects. She advises on the application of circadian research in architectural lighting.