Ardra Paige Zinkon Earns Prestigious CLD Certification


 Ardra Zinkon, President of Tec Studio has earned the Certified Lighting Designer (CLD), the first international, evidence-based certification in architectural lighting design. Ardra is among the first lighting designers in the world—and is presently the only lighting designer in Ohio—to earn the new international certification, which demonstrates that she has a proven track record of excellence and has successfully validated her skill to a rigorous assessment process that define high standards of professional practice. 

The certification process, governed by the Certified Lighting Design Commission, assesses the ability to operate as a lead architectural lighting designer in a professional and proficient manner by considering a person’s imaginative, technical, and professional responsibility skills. 

Ms. Zinkon is the President of Tec Studio, a lighting and technology design firm located in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in theatre emphasizing lighting and began practicing in the field of architectural lighting design in 1997. She is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and is an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). Ardra has served on the IES Board of Directors (2012-2014), and is a long-time contributor to the IES Progress Report Committee. As a member of the IALD Ambassador Outreach Committee, she regularly serves as a guest lecturer at the Ohio State University, Miami University and Kent State. National Speaking engagements include: IALD Enlighten Americas, the IES Annual Conference, Lightfair, NeoCon and GovEnergy. Ardra is also a member of the American TaeKwonDo Association. 

Tec Studio, an affiliate of Tec Inc. Engineering & Design, is a WBE firm specializing In Lighting and Technology Design for the built environment. 

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