Benya Lighting Design Becomes the Benya Burnett Consultancy

BenyaBurnett Consultancy

In May, 2013, Benya Lighting was acquired by Design Services Inc.  Design Services does business as the Benya Burnett Consultancy (Benya Burnett)

Benya Lighting has been an independent, fee-based lighting and daylighting consulting firm with a broad national and international practice. Our work has included both residential and commercial lighting design. We observe strict ethical standards and provide our clients with unbiased, professional services. We do not sell or install lighting equipment. We maintain current professional registrations, certifications and insurance.

Founded by Principal James Benya in Marin County, California in 1994, Benya Lighting relocated to metropolitan Portland, Oregon in 1995. Our work included local, regional, national and international commissions. Prior to Benya Lighting Design, James was CEO and Managing Principal of Luminae Souter Lighting Design in San Francisco and Honolulu.

James Benya Jim

James Benya PE, FIES, FIALD


About James Benya Download James Benya CV

James Benya is recognized as one of the world’s top authorities on lighting design and applied illuminating engineering. He is especially known for his work in the field of design with emphasis on daylighting, lighting efficiency and sustainable design.

  • Winner of the 2008 Edison Award and over 200 national and international lighting design awards
  • 15 completed LEED Platinum projects including three zero net energy buildings
  • Winner of four international environmental design awards
  • Completed over 50 LEED Platinum, Gold and Silver projects
  • Member of the LEED Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (TAG).

“A leading advocate of sustainable design”
-The Portland Business Journal

“At the leading edge of lighting - a daylighting expert”
-Metropolis Magazine

“One of the top lighting designers in the US”
-American Express Departures Magazine

Additional Qualifications

Member, International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)

Fellow and Sustaining Members, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)

Registered Professional Engineer

Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP)

Members, US Green Buildings Council

Members, International Dark Sky Association

Deborah Burnett

Deborah Burnett ASID, CMG, LGC, AASM


About Deborah Burnett

Deborah Burnett works with James Benya in providing comprehensive overall environmental design for optimized human wellness far beyond LEED standards.

Deborah Burnett is a recognized international authority in epigenetic design and circadian correct spaces with an emphasis on passive wellness. Deborah consults and provides peer review specifications for projects with a high expectation for occupant health and well being, including enhanced sleep efficacy and reduced daytime fatigue.  Also an award winning interior designer and general contractor, Deborah  is especially known for practical, innovative and attractive solutions.

Commercial Projects

Our clients are primarily architects, interior designers, and electrical engineers. We typically work as part of the traditional A/E design team, but we also have extensive experience in design-build and in working for developers and corporations,

Residential projects

Our clients include homeowners, architects, interior designers, contractors and developers. Our extensive experience in electrical engineering and communications systems allows us to help integrate lighting and lighting controls with home theater and automation systems.

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Our Partners

For major projects, and to provide services in several key markets, Benya Lighting Design has developed special working relationships with lighting design, electrical engineering, and other professional firms.