Designers

What’s different about MBL? It begins with a powerful, diverse team.

MBL is a team of dedicated, creative professionals with diverse industry experience: architecture, interior design, theatre and film production all inspire the team’s design philosophy and approach.

MBL’s core team of seasoned lighting designers leads the charge on a full range of project types and scales, collaborating if required with an in-house electrical/ electronic engineering team of over 80 people strong.

 

Paul Boken

BFA, LC, IESNA, Vice President

Well recognized in the industry for his award-winning lighting designs, Paul is MBL’s Vice President and lighting design lead. A wide range of landmark projects have shaped his career; Niagara Falls Illumination Project, Ripley’s Aquarium, Toronto, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg and the Prince Edward Viaduct ...

Well recognized in the industry for his award-winning lighting designs, Paul is MBL’s Vice President and lighting design lead. A wide range of landmark projects have shaped his career; Niagara Falls Illumination Project, Ripley’s Aquarium, Toronto, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg and the Prince Edward Viaduct Illumination project. Paul is an active member of the industry with a keen interest in educating young designers; he teaches and lectures regularly, both locally and internationally.

Stephen Kaye

B.A., MFA LD, IESNA, Associate

Stephen launched his career in the arts and architecture, gravitating quickly towards lighting design. At MBL Stephen has worked on notable projects including the Deloitte Tower, Montreal, Mattamy Athletic Centre, Toronto, University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design, Women’s College Hospital ...

Stephen launched his career in the arts and architecture, gravitating quickly towards lighting design. At MBL Stephen has worked on notable projects including the Deloitte Tower, Montreal, Mattamy Athletic Centre, Toronto, University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design, Women’s College Hospital Redevelopment, Delta Hotel, Toronto and the Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto. A seasoned project manager, Stephen’s combined studio arts and design education bring depth and drama to his approach to lighting.

Alan McIntosh

B. Arts, IESNA, Senior Lighting Designer

Alan’s career sprung from studies in the dramatic arts and work in the theatre business in a multitude of technical roles including lighting and audio visual/multi-media direction, design and operation. Alan’s portfolio highlights include the Niagara Falls and Prince Edward Viaduct illumination projects, FirstOntario Perfor...

Alan’s career sprung from studies in the dramatic arts and work in the theatre business in a multitude of technical roles including lighting and audio visual/multi-media direction, design and operation. Alan’s portfolio highlights include the Niagara Falls and Prince Edward Viaduct illumination projects, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Mall of Istanbul, Turkey and Google Waterloo Phase I.

Julia Ly

B.I.D., LC, IESNA, Senior Lighting Designer

Julia’s background in interior design brings depth to her understanding of design concepts and logistics and informs her approach as a lighting designer. Julia has worked on notable corporate fit ups including Deloitte (Toronto & Montreal), Canadian Tire Corporation, OpenText, Twitter, Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Bell and...

Julia’s background in interior design brings depth to her understanding of design concepts and logistics and informs her approach as a lighting designer. Julia has worked on notable corporate fit ups including Deloitte (Toronto & Montreal), Canadian Tire Corporation, OpenText, Twitter, Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Bell and Under Armour (Toronto). Outside of the corporate world, Julia’s portfolio includes the restaurant & retail space at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the Moore & Zack Galleries at the AGO and the Metro Toronto Convention Center South Revitalization.

Osvaldo Sepulveda

IESNA, Lighting Designer

Osvaldo brings a unique skill set to the MBL team having recently completed studies in lighting design coupled with a background in film as a lighting technician and camera assistant. Osvaldo has been mentored by accredited cinematographers and has also taught ‘lighting for film’ at Humber College, Toronto. Projects with MBL...

Osvaldo brings a unique skill set to the MBL team having recently completed studies in lighting design coupled with a background in film as a lighting technician and camera assistant. Osvaldo has been mentored by accredited cinematographers and has also taught ‘lighting for film’ at Humber College, Toronto. Projects with MBL include the Niagara Falls Illumination Project, La Tour Des Canadiens, Montreal, Hoggs Hollow Residence, Toronto and ScotiaBank Call Centre, Toronto.

Irene Yu

Lighting Designer

Irene has worked on large scale residential and commercial lighting installations, during which she has honed her technical and project management skills. Irene’s portfolio of work includes Yonge + Rich Luxury Condominiums, Monde Condominium, Friday Harbour Resort Retail Broadwalk, the Market by Longo’s, Brookfield Place and...

Irene has worked on large scale residential and commercial lighting installations, during which she has honed her technical and project management skills. Irene’s portfolio of work includes Yonge + Rich Luxury Condominiums, Monde Condominium, Friday Harbour Resort Retail Broadwalk, the Market by Longo’s, Brookfield Place and Vice Media Canada, Liberty Village. Irene’s degree in Business Administration/ Marketing (Simon Fraser University) is complemented by her studies in Lighting and Architectural Design at Ryerson University.

Joseph Patrick

BFA, LC, IESNA, Lighting Designer

Joseph draws from a combined technical and artistic expertise gained as a theatrical arts lighting designer and as an architectural luminaire technician on the manufacturing side. Joseph inspired students as teacher of “Entertainment Lighting Design” at his alma mater, Ryerson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine A...

Joseph draws from a combined technical and artistic expertise gained as a theatrical arts lighting designer and as an architectural luminaire technician on the manufacturing side. Joseph inspired students as teacher of “Entertainment Lighting Design” at his alma mater, Ryerson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance: Production and a Certificate in Architectural Lighting Design.

Palma Gatti

Palma Gatti, BArchSc., Lighting Designer

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Architectural Science, Palma’s expertise in building science and energy efficiency is a fresh attribute to the MBL team. With the completion of a Certificate in Lighting Design at RU just around the corner, Palma applies dual passions for technical detail and innovative lightin...

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Architectural Science, Palma’s expertise in building science and energy efficiency is a fresh attribute to the MBL team. With the completion of a Certificate in Lighting Design at RU just around the corner, Palma applies dual passions for technical detail and innovative lighting design to projects across all scales.

Shaya Riazi

Shaghayegh Riazi, MA, IESNA, LIGHTING DESIGNER

Shaya is multi-disciplinary designer, drawing from a richly layered background in lighting, interior and industrial design. She has worked internationally on projects in Qatar, Dubai and Tehran. Project highlights at MBL to date include the redevelopment for the Park Hyatt Hotel, Toronto, Friday Harbour Resort, Innisfil and The ...

Shaya is multi-disciplinary designer, drawing from a richly layered background in lighting, interior and industrial design. She has worked internationally on projects in Qatar, Dubai and Tehran. Project highlights at MBL to date include the redevelopment for the Park Hyatt Hotel, Toronto, Friday Harbour Resort, Innisfil and The One, Toronto.

Amelia Smith

Amelia Smith, B. Arch., Senior Associate, Marketing Manager

Since MBL’s launch in 2015, Amelia has seen the firm grow rapidly into the full- fledged consultancy it is today; no surprise, given the talent, passion and camaraderie that drives the team. Drawing from her professional training in Architecture, and an early life immersion in the arts and advertising, Amelia manages MBL’s m...

Since MBL’s launch in 2015, Amelia has seen the firm grow rapidly into the full- fledged consultancy it is today; no surprise, given the talent, passion and camaraderie that drives the team. Drawing from her professional training in Architecture, and an early life immersion in the arts and advertising, Amelia manages MBL’s marketing and communication platforms to tell the tell the MBL story - the people, the practice and the brand that has emerged. A graduate of University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Amelia joined MBII in 2009.