Stan Kaye is the founder and principal consultant of SKD. Throughout his 35 years of experience as a designer, educator, and consultant, projects have taken him to nearly all fifty states as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. He has a successful history of design for entertainment and the education of entertainment designers and technicians of the future. He has completed projects for schools, professional venues and unique conversions, and restorations of historical facilities.
He has served as the director of the graduate design program at the University of Florida from 1999-2003 and 2011-present. He holds membership in United Scenic Artists local 829, the Illuminating Engineers Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers.
His academic credentials include an Associate in Arts from Kingsborough Community College City, University of New York; a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College; and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His work as a designer and consultant spans thirty-five years of experience ensuring successful, on-time, and on-budget performance facilities for a variety of projects. He especially enjoys the challenges of renovations and restorations to existing facilities.
Combining an interest in photography, the human visual system, entertainment design, and museum artifact illumination, he has developed a deep knowledge and expertise in lighting design and technology for performance facilities of all types as well as architecture and museums. His lighting lab includes the use of full scale "mock--up" capabilities, computer based three dimensional virtual environments, and a unique fiber optics testing lab with sophisticated control apparatus for design development and research.