Lighting Design and AI – The Future is Here

Lisa J. Reed, Reed Burkett Lighting Design | Carla Bukalski, Focal Point

Location: Murray Hill

March 20, 2024
10:30 am - 11:30 am EST

Credits 1 LU | Elective


Ask ChatGPT ‘How will AI affect the future of lighting design’ and you’ll get an answer, “AI is poised to have a significant impact on the future of lighting design,” followed by a long list of what AI is expected to influence. ChatCPT concludes with “Overall, AI has the potential to revolutionize lighting design by making it more adaptive, energy-efficient, personalized, and human-centric. By leveraging AI technologies, lighting designers can create more dynamic and responsive environments that enhance well-being, sustainability, and user experience.” Is AI truly able to assist with design, or is it on the brink of taking our jobs?

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will discover if and how AI can make lighting design more human-centric and personalized.
  • Can AI help us achieve work/life balance? Did the Smart Phone?
  • We are already using AI in business (Power Point’s design assist, Grammarly, Midjourney) – Make AI just another tool in your toolbox.
  • Lighting designers have historically been reluctant to embrace new tools. Discover how to put AI to work for your business; it’s not going away.


Lisa J. Reed
Lisa J. Reed
Reed Burkett Lighting Design

As Principal of Reed Burkett Lighting Design, Lisa J. Reed contributes thoughtful passion for lighting and a spirit of collaboration to her projects. She delights in bringing spaces to life with quality lighting, and concern for the environment influences her work. Lisa is an award-winning lighting designer with 30 years of experience, ranging from energy management to electrical engineering to lighting design. Her range of experience includes millions of square feet of commercial space, hotels and resorts from coast to coast, houses of worship, museums, parks, and healthcare facilities. As a thought leader in the lighting industry, she regularly speaks to local and international audiences. Lisa is an advocate for diversity in lighting and she is focused on creating a better workplace for women, parents, and all people. She founded Ladies of Lighting in St. Louis and helped expand WILD (Women in Lighting + Design) across the United States. She received the 2014 IES Presidential Award for her work with Emerging Professionals. In 2020, she was named by St. Louis Construction News and Review (CNR) as one of the top 20 women in construction in St. Louis. In 2021, the international organization Women in Lighting (WIL) recognized her as one of the top supporters of other women in the industry. In 2022, she was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the IES. In March of 2023, she was recognized as a Top Woman Business Owner by St. Louis Small Business Monthly magazine.

Carla Bukalski
Carla Bukalski
Product Management Marketing Director
Focal Point

Carla Bukalski has a passion for lighting as evidenced in her nearly 30 years of lighting industry experience. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas, and an MBA from Xavier University. Ms. Bukalski began her career as an electrical engineer, and after earning her professional engineer license, followed her true passion to lighting design where she worked on high-profile projects and received several design awards. She then shifted focus to lighting manufacturing where she has held positions in both luminaire and source manufacturing. Carla drew on her variety of professional experience in her position as Current’s Director of Industry Insights. She is a talented international speaker, a licensed professional engineer, is NCQLP lighting certified, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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