Team

Our current staff of twelve consists of three principals, Susan Brady, Attila Uysal, and Sara Demel.  There are also one senior associate, one senior designer, five designers, one design intern as well as two administrative personnel. The combined staff experience covers architectural lighting design and related disciplines including environmental design, interior design, architecture, industrial design, and electrical engineering.

Principals

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Susan Brady
President
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Environmental Design
Parsons, The New School of Design, NY, NY

From architecture to interiors, historic to contemporary, Susan Brady’s lighting portfolio reveals awareness to architecture and design which has its roots in her environmental design background. In 1994 with SBLD Studio, Susan realized her dream of starting her own architectural lighting design practice. Tackling the most complicated projects with sensitivity, Susan’s three decade collection of notable work includes The New York Stock Exchange, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Nashville Schemerhorn Symphony Concert Hall and Las Vegas Smith Center for Performing Arts, USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center and JFK International Arrivals Terminal, Syracuse University, West Point and Vanderbilt Universities, Mount Sinai, Memorial Sloane Kettering and North Shore LIJ Medical Centers. With 23 years as President, Susan is proud of both the breadth of the firm’s diverse portfolio and the talented team of design professionals that make up SBLD Studio.

Attila Uysal
Principal 
Master of Industrial Design
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Bachelor of Architectural Design, 1989
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Born in Turkey, where he received his architectural training, Attila ventured to the US in 1992 where he continued his studies and earned a Masters degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. While there he developed an interest in architectural lighting which brought together his skills as both a designer and a technician. Starting as a junior designer in 1996 Attila established himself as a key member of the SBLD Studio team and was made a partner in 2001. During that time he continued to expand his technical knowledge mastering 3D-light rending techniques and day lighting controls. He spear-headed the state-of-the-art automated daylight control system for the New York Times Building. 

His design and technical expertise have made him a key member of the project teams for Continental’s Global Gateway Terminal Expansion at Liberty Airport, the Belmont University Arena and Student Center in Nashville and the University of Maryland Medical System Hospital in Baltimore. His recent award winning projects include JFK IAT Terminal 4 in New York, the Changi Airport MRT Station in Singapore, and Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Attila is an avid tennis player and accomplished photographer.

Sara Jane Demel, LC
Associate Principal
Master of Fine Arts, Lighting Design
Parsons The New School of Design NY, NY
Bachelor of Architecture
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Over the past 15 years, Sara has become a vital member of the SBLD Studio leadership team overseeing numerous in-house project teams. She handles all aspects of a project from conceptual design through installation. Sara has honed her design and project management skills, deftly keeping her projects on schedule and in budget. She is a master at coordinating the technical aspects of lighting and has a vast knowledge of the intricacies of fixture details as they relate to architectural materials.  Most recently completed projects include offices for The Washington Post, Arnold & Porter LLP and Intelsat.

 

Designers 

Bruce Taylor, LC
Senior Associate
Bachelor of Architectural Engineering
Penn State University, State College, PA

Amy Ruffles, LC, LEED GA
Senior Designer
Bachelor of Engineering
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Jimmy Chan, LEED GA
Designer
Master of Architecture
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
University of Texas, Arlington, TX

Brittany Ritz
Designer
Master of Lighting Design
Parsons, The New School of Design NY, NY
Bachelor of Industrial Design
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Erin Werner
Designer
Master of Lighting Design
Parsons, The New School of Design NY, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Jorge Ruiz
Designer
Master of Lighting Design

Parsons, The New School of Design NY, NY
Certificate in Fine Arts

Parsons, The New School of Design Paris, FR

Bachelor in Interior Design
iade Madrid, Spain

JungEun Park
Designer
Master of Lighting Design
Parsons, The New School of Design NY, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture
Hongik University, University in Korea

Wei-Chun Chan
Design Intern
Master of Lighting Design
Parsons, The New School of Design NY, NY
Bachelor of Architecture
Tamkang University, Taiwan

 

Administration 

Evrim Ozel
Operations Manager
Master of Business Administration
Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Bachelor of Business Administration
Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Rene DeLucia
Comptroller