Lighting Design

Architecture and lighting are inseparable. We strive to understand the architect’s vision for every project element; it is that vision that engages and propels us forward. We explore unanticipated options in order to push beyond what is expected to that which is extraordinary.


We are expert communicators through rendering and visualization of lighting concepts. We are leading the profession in the fields of daylighting and lighting for human health. We are continually finding solutions that allow our projects to reach ever higher levels of sustainability.

Light does more than provide visibility – it nourishes our spirit.

Architectural lighting is an art and a science, and nobody is better prepared than we are to creatively solve the challenges of integrating light with the built environment.

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Our Lighting Designers

Michael DiBlasi

Partner
Minneapolis

Jim Baney

Partner
Chicago

Duane Schuler

Director
Seattle

Robert Shook

Director
Chicago

Emily Klingensmith

Principal
Chicago

Michael Cohen

Principal
Minneapolis

Giulio Pedota

Principal
Chicago

Paul Whitaker

Principal
Minneapolis

Julia M. Gordon

Senior Lighting Designer
Minneapolis

Michael D. White

Senior Lighting Designer
Minneapolis

Jefferey Knox

Senior Lighting Designer
Dallas

Nicolò Brambilla

Senior Lighting Designer
Melbourne

John Jacobsen

Project Lighting Designer
Chicago

Jess Goings

Lighting Designer
Chicago

Brian Wiley

Lighting Designer
Chicago

Eric Meinzer

Lighting Specialist
Minneapolis

Jackson Pattermann

Lighting Specialist
Chicago

Lighting Design Awards + Recognition

  • Target Field Station
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2015
    • AIA National Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design, 2015
  • Loyola University - Sports + Recreation Complex

    • NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award, 2015
  • UI LABS
    • AIA Chicago Citation of Merit, 2015
  • Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Vaele University Center

    • AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Honor Award, 2015
  • RiverEdge Park
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
    • GE Special Citation, 2013
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2015
    • ENR Magazine, National Best of The Best Award, Cultural Category, 2014
    • Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, Civic Award, 2014
    • California Preservation Foundation Design Award, Rehabilitation, 2014
  • Radisson Blu Mall of America

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
  • Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
  • Saenger Theatre
    • IES International Illumination Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellence , Indoor Lighting Design, 2014
  • The University of Chicago, Saieh Hall for Economics
    • Society for College and University Planning Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2017
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2015
    • AIA Illinois Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award, 2016
    • Building Design + Construction – Platinum Award for Reconstruction, 2015
    • Society for College and University Planning Honor Award for Excellence in Planning, 2014
    • Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2014
  • Confidential Trading Company
    • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2011
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
    • Illumni Gold Infinity Award - Workplace Lighting, 2012
  • Large International Law Firm
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2011
  • Confidential Company
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
  • Herman Miller Office Building C1

    • AIA Chicago Sustainable Design Excellence Award, 2004
    • IES Chicago Illumination Design Award, 2004
    • 2004 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project
  • Hilton Chicago
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2013
  • Cue Restaurant at the Guthrie

    • Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting Design — International Illumination Design Awards, 2007
    • IES Twin Cities Illumination Design Award, 2007
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2010
  • Loyola University Museum of Art
    • IES Sectional Illumination Design Award, 2007
  • Minnesota Judicial Center

    • IIDA Award of Merit, 1996
  • Midtown Exchange
    • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award, 2006
  • St. Anthony Falls Office Building
    • LEED Gold
    • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Historic Restoration Award, 2008
    • Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Adaptive Reuse Award, 2008
    • Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design, 2008
  • Shedd Aquarium Caribbean Reef Exhibit
    • IES International Award of Distinction, 2000
    • General Electric Lighting Award of Merit, 2000
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2000
  • Shedd Aquarium Wild Reef Exhibit
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2004
  • Chicago Board of Trade
    • IES International Illumination Design Award of Excellence, 2007
    • IALD Special Citation for Use of Modern Technology, 2007
    • Chicago Landmarks Preservation Excellence Award, 2007
  • DeVos Performance Hall
    • IALD Award of Merit, 2005
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2005
    • IES Chicago Illumination Design Award, 2005
  • Old St. Patrick's Church
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2001
    • AIA Honor Award, 2001
  • Bigelow Chapel
    • SCUP/AIA-CAE Honor Award for Excellence in New Campus Architecture, 2006
    • SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Campus Architecture Honor Award (national), 2006
    • Faith & Form Religious Architecture Honor Award, 2005
    • AIA Minnesota Honor Award, 2004
  • Brazzaz

    • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2015
    • IES Regional Design Award of Merit, 2006
  • Mather Tower
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2006
    • National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, 2006
  • Wrigley Building Exterior Plaza and Lobby
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
    • Chicago AIA Distinguished Building Award, 2014
    • Building Design + Construction Reconstruction Bronze Award, 2013
  • Chicago Bears Sales Center
    • IES Chicago Section Award, 2003
  • The First Presbyterian Church
    • IALD Award of Merit, 2003
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2003
  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

    • Building Design + Construction Platinum Reconstruction Award, 2016
    • AIA Chicago Citation of Merit, 2015
  • The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center
    • AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award, 2016
  • Gelber Group

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
  • Calder Flamingo Sculpture
    • IALD Award of Merit, 1999
    • IES International Illumination Design Award, 1999
  • Loyola University- Madonna della Strada Chapel

    • IES Regional Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2008
    • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2007
    • Cooper Lighting Source Award – Honorable Mention, 2008
  • Chicago Water Tower Restoration
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 1999
  • Second Street Bridge

    • IES International Illumination Design Award of Excellence, 1999
  • American National Bank

    • GE Award of Merit, 1995
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library
    • Illumni Silver Infinity Award - Civic Lighting, 2012
    • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2011
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
    • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Citation of Merit, 2012
    • AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Citation of Merit, 2012
  • Three First National Plaza

    • Cooper Lighting SOURCE Award, Honorable Mention - Commercial Category, 2010
    • IES Regional Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2010
  • International Association of Lighting Designers Headquarters
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2013
  • Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

    • IES Regional Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2007
    • AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award, 2005
    • Chicago Building Congress Merit Award, 2004
    • Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence, 2003
  • Shedd Aquarium Amazon Rising

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit
  • CTA Dan Ryan Sox/35th St. Station and Pedestrian Bridge

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2004
  • Houston Baptist University - The Morris Arts Center

    • IES Illumination Award of Merit, 2009
  • MATCH
    • 2017 Texas Architect Design Award