Milena received her Master of Architecture from the University of Architecture and Engineering in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1981. She was the Chair of National Expeditions Club at School of Architecture, working under UNESCO for Architectural Landmarks Preservation. She was nominated at the National Executive Committee for this Program.
Fascinated with living things in natural environments, and with fluidity and interconnectedness of inhabited spaces, upon receiving her Master in Architecture, Milena studied at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY; where she learned about perceptual changes with lighting and the relationship between light and human health. She certified as CA Architect in 1998, and received MS in Lighting in 2001.
Milena persistently pursued Healthy Lighting and making environments healthier for people for the past 17 years, publishing papers, presenting on conferences, teaching at universities, and practicing
lighting design. Back in 2003 she created the first pilot application of circadian lighting, modeled by
Nature principles of healthiness; in 2005 she published on the Visual, Circadian, and Perceptual systems; in 2009 she coined the term Bio-Dynamic Lighting and advised Philips Lighting to pursue
light and health. She has been a proponent for lighting controls and addressed static lighting as "decapitated"; eventually she had new insights and by observing Nature's subtle and subdued lighting modulations, is now a strong advocate for Nature and Sciences based lighting for people.
Milena , stayed focused on People's wellbeing and in designing lighting applications, invariably she asked the question "What is in it for People?", advising industry to base decisions on humanity. She taught as Faculty at UC Berkeley Extension and is Courtesy Faculty at OSU in Oregon, where she resides. Her teachings are on Lighting Biomimicry and design solutions inspired by Nature.
She is for many years the judge for new LED products at the market including controls, for
Lighting Strategies affiliated with LEDs magazine.
Her work experience is as diverse as her research studies. She worked for architectural design firms, for Johnson Controls, Traxon LED Technologies, and the Pacific Energy Center for PG&E Utility, CA.
Milena has interest in research and integration of far out disciplines such as Psychology, Neural and Cognitive response, Quantum Physics, and Consciousness. Her belief is that holistic or whole light will provide the optimal environmental conditions for people to flourish and reach full potential.
Milena currently lives in Corvallis Oregon and can be reached at E: Liteheal.firstname.lastname@example.org