Publications/Engagements:

Speaker, IESNA Topeka Chapter, 2009, Speaker, Lightfair, 2007, LD+A magazine, Lighting the Legends – Weather or Not, November 2007, LD+A magazine, Thomas H. Swope Memorial Restoration, December 2004, www.colorkinetics.com, Showcase for Missouri Theater, since 2002, Display and Design Ideas magazine, The Ultimate Dealership, Baron BMW, April 2002, Designer Profile, www.lighting.com, Fall 2000, Consulting-Specifying magazine, Updating Exterior Lighting, July 1998, Frequent speaker, Kansas State University Landscape Architecture Department, Adjunct Faculty, Park University, Lighting Fundamentals for Interior Design.


Kathi Vandel, PE, IESNA, LEED AP, PRINCIPAL, is an alumnus of Kansas State University, where she received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree. She is a registered Professional Engineer and a LEED Professional.

Prior to forming her own practice, Kathi was a Vice President for Henderson Engineers in Lenexa, KS. While there, she was a project manager for large retail clients including The Disney Store and Hallmark Cards and lead engineer for complex projects such as Farmland Headquarters and Kansas City Public Library Renovation. She formulated their specialty lighting division where she served as Director of Design prior to leaving to start her own firm. 

Since forming LightWorks, Inc. in 2002, Kathi has successfully completed many projects and has earned numerous professional awards throughout her career. Kathi enjoys the process of lighting design. From concept to reality, keeping focused on the end product, while maintaining a true sense of the team environment. She has a commitment for designing spaces that are maintainable and will endure the passage of time. She strives to design for what is smart, feels good, and looks fabulous— while creating a sense of place. Integrating her engineering background with her natural creativity are a unique blend quite fitting for integration of light and architecture to maximize the impact of the built environment.


Licensed In: Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, & Iowa, Certified WBE/DBE for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, LEED Certified


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Most recently completed projects include:

Cerner Three Trails Campus - Kansas City, MO