Emily Klingensmith IALD, IES, LC, LEED AP

Principal

Emily is a talented designer who has the unique ability to create lighting that both inspires and performs. Her strong design sensibilities, coupled with her background in architectural engineering, ensure that her work is compelling both visually and technically.

Emily is a keen listener and collaborator who works closely with clients to ensure she understands their goals. She is a critical-thinker and enjoys seeing a challenge through from inception through completion. Since she joined Schuler Shook in 1996, she has designed lighting systems for hundreds of projects, many winning IALD, IES, and GE lighting awards.

Significant Projects

Education

  • BAE - The Pennsylvania State University

Organizations

  • International Association of Lighting Designers
  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • LC-Lighting Certified by NCQLP
  • US Green Building Council LEED® Accredited Professional

Presentations & Panels

  • “Leading with Light – A Case Study of the IALD’s Headquarters Office” – NeoCon, 2013
  • “LED's - Getting Beyond the Hype to What Works” – AIA Chicago, 2011
  • “Designing with LEDs” – DOE Voices for SSL Efficiency Workshop, 2009
  • “The Process of Lighting Design” – AIA Chicago, 2008
  • "Lighting for Lobbies & Large Public Spaces” – NeoCon, 2007
  • “Lighting Design for Brazzaz” – IES Chicago, 2006
  • “Shedd Aquarium Wild Reef” – IES National Convention, 2003
  • “Façade Lighting” – IES Chicago, 2005

Awards

  • Calder Flamingo Sculpture
    • IALD Award of Merit, 1999
    • IES International Illumination Design Award, 1999
  • DeVos Performance Hall
    • IALD Award of Merit, 2005
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2005
    • IES Chicago Illumination Design Award, 2005
  • Shedd Aquarium Wild Reef Exhibit
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2004
  • Shedd Aquarium Caribbean Reef Exhibit
    • IES International Award of Distinction, 2000
    • General Electric Lighting Award of Merit, 2000
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2000
  • 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
  • 333 West Wacker Drive Lobby
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
  • 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
  • Confidential Company
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
  • Dentons US LLP
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2016
  • Gelber Group

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2010
  • Large International Law Firm
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2011
  • Second Street Bridge

    • IES International Illumination Design Award of Excellence, 1999
  • Shedd Aquarium Amazon Rising

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit
  • 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
  • Valparaiso University, Christopher Center
    • IES Design Award of Merit, 2004
    • AIA Chicago Citation of Merit, 2005
  • 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
  • John Hancock Center Lobby Upgrade

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2017
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation
    • IALD Award of Merit, 2017
    • A|L Light & Architecture Design Award: Commendable Achievement, Interior Lighting, 2017
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2017