Our Team

Our experienced team of associates and designers are ready to assist with any lighting design or theatre project. MCLD has a high standing within the design community, which has been obtained through the hard work and character of the team of designers and associates. The varied backgrounds of our staff enables each member of the team to bring a unique perspective towards a design experience. Our studio environment fosters a collaborative atmosphere, encouraging each member of our team to bring forward the unique perspective afforded to them by their varied backgrounds.


Principal

Martin Conboy
Principal, Lead Designer (Lighting and Theatre Consulting)

Martin Conboy is founder and principal designer Martin Conboy Lighting Design (MCLD) and a key member of our theatre consultancy.  He has over 35 years of experience as a lighting designer for architecture, theatre, AV and special events. Martin is an active theatrical lighting designer and draws extensively from this background while working on architectural lighting design projects. He brings a passion and curiosity to his work which is driven by a strong aesthetic sense and leavened by a thorough understanding of the practicalities and principals of electrical and building science.  Martin has received numerous awards for his lighting projects and been published in lighting industry journal, Lighting Design + Application (LD+A) and has written articles’ for local and national media such as CBC and Ottawa Citizen. He has taught lighting design as an invited sessional and master class instructor at the college/university level since 1990 and conducted national workshops in lighting for Architects across Canada through the auspices of RAIC. 

 

Designers

Hugh Martignago, Designer
B. Arch - Design

Hugh is a graduate of Carleton University's Azreili School of Architecture and Urbanism, holding a bachelor of Architectural Studies - Design degree. Hugh has used his technical, representational and organization skills in helping with the design, specification and implementation of several MCLD projects. 

 

Associates

Scott Windsor, B.Arts – Drama
Senior Theatre Design Consultant, Production Manager and Event Co-ordinator

Scott Windsor is a Senior Theatre Design Consultant, Production Manager and Event Co-ordinator working in the performing arts and related fields for over thirty years.  Scott has worked with architects and engineers providing design consulting services for professional, college and high school theatres and for distance learning and video conferencing facilities.

Scott‘s experience in the design, base-building construction and specialty fit-up of theatre spaces coupled with a long hands-on career in the performing arts as stage manager, technical director and production manager provides him with the insight into and a working knowledge of the requirements to help create safe and enriching theatre environments for professionals, students, staff and community stakeholders.  

Starting with client and stakeholder consultations, to help articulate functional requirements, through to final design, tendering, base-building construction and specialty fit-up. Mr. Windsor provides a complete range of design, drafting, specification and co-ordination and oversight expertise to help realize even the most complex projects in a timely and efficient manner.

 

Ross Nicholson, Associate
B.ID,M.Arch

Ross Nicholson has worked as an architectural lighting consultant since 1990. A passion for the aesthetic, a deep understanding of human perception, a strong background in electrical engineering, and personable team skills have resulted in the consistent realization of aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and functional environments. As a luminaire designer, Ross is intimately familiar with the nuances of light sources, control devices and the manipulation of material properties in order to produce fixtures that address technical, aesthetic and perceptual requirements. Ross has received numerous awards for his lighting work and been published in numerous lighting industry journals and design magazines.

He has taught lighting and industrial design as a faculty member or sessional at the college/university level since 1992. His educational credentials include a Master's Degree in Architecture and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design. His M. Arch. thesis work developed an emulation of a new, more intuitive cognitive model for architectural lighting software.


Awards

2010, Royal Conservatory of Music
Illumination Design Award, the National Capital Region of the Illuminating Engineering Society

2009, Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Illumination Design Award, the National Capital Region of the Illuminating Engineering Society
Design Award, SERCE Concours Lumieres, France

2007, Library of Parliament
Illumination Design Award, the National Capital Region of the Illuminating Engineering Society

2005, Ottawa International Airport – Public Spaces Lighting
International Illumination Design Award, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

2003, Dominion-Chalmers United church
Award of Excellence – Restoration, City of Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards

2002, Alexandra bridge lighting
Illumination Design Award, The National Capital Region of the Illuminating Engineering Society

2001, Canadian national war memorial & tomb of the unknown soldier
The International Illumination Design Award of Merit, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

2000, Notre dame cathedral
The International Illumination Design Award of Merit, The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

1995, The exterior of the museum of civilization
The International Illuminating Design Award, The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

1993, The viola Macmillan gallery, Canadian Museum of Nature
The International Illuminating Design Award, The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

1992, Lithwick corporation, 150 Metcalfe st., entrance fibre optic lighting sculpture
The International Illuminating Design Award, The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

1991, Canadian war memorial, Ottawa. In joint venture
The Illuminating Design Award, The National Capital Region of the Illuminating Engineering Society