Biography of Owner & Architect Donna J. Leban, AIA, LC


Donna Leban is a licensed architect and an NCQLP certified lighting designer, and owner of Light/Space/Design of South Burlington, Vermont. 

Light/Space/Design is an Architectural and Lighting Consulting Firm established in 1998.   It’s mission is to incorporate appropriate lighting technology and sustainable design and construction practices into the built environment.


Ms. Leban’s involvement in Energy Conscious Design started in the early 1980’s as a Master of Science in Architecture student and Research Associate at Carnegie-Mellon University’s Advanced Building Studies Program.  She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from CMU. 

Designing buildings to effectively utilize daylight and passive solar design principals has been an element of Ms. Leban’s architectural career since becoming licensed in 1981.

She has practiced in large and small architectural and design/build firms in the Northeastern United States, including 7 years with the Hillier Group in Princeton, NJ.

Donna is a past president and member of the Executive Board of AIA-Vermont and is a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Lighting design and education have been the major focus of Ms. Leban’s work since 1991.  In addition to lighting design and environmental consulting,

Ms. Leban provides professional development seminars and technical review for building seeking LEED accreditation, as well as expert witness to law firms requiring assistance in lighting related cases.

As an architect with one foot in the engineering world and the other in the artistic and creative side of lighting design, Donna provides assistance to architects and clients through computer analyis, design and specification of the lighting design elements.  

The goal is to create technically sophisticated and energy efficient, yet visually comfortable (or stimulating) environments, as appropriate.  She pays special attention to integrate daylight with artificial lighting and control systems for a positive environmental effect.




Trinity College – Burlington, VT – Women’s Small Business Development Program Graduate1997

Carnegie-Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA – Master ofScience in Architecture/Advanced Building Studies with full scholarship award.  1981

Carnegie-Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA – Bachelor of Architecture

Honors graduate, awarded Alpha Rho Chi medal1977