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"Lighting defines a space, sets a mood and enhances architectural features. Lighting encourages direction, motivation, increased productivity, and creates a sense of well-being."

THE HLB OFFERING

WE USE OUR EXPERIENCE TO CRAFT YOURS

HLB Lighting Design is the largest independent architectural lighting design firm in North America. We specialize in creating highly advanced and experiential lighting environments in fifteen market sectors across the globe.

We have a reputation for creating lighting experiences that re-imagine the way people interact with the built environment. We owe this industry cred to our amazing, multi-talented team. Everyone who walks through our doors has both an appreciation for light and life!

There are a lot of lighting designers out there that do what we do. They share the same WHAT and HOW, but our clients work with us for our WHY and our WHO. We’re creative minds and decision makers with sensible business acumen and creative chops, set out to connect people with what matters most — THE EXPERIENCE. We treat our clients as partners and we pride ourselves on our process, our craft and our values.

OUR LIGHTING LINEAGE

A BRIGHT SPOTLIGHT OF EXPERTISE

Led by Barbara Horton, Stephen Lees and Teal Brogden, HLB is an acronym. (what a surprise in the AEC industry...) It’s an abbreviation formed from Horton, Lees, Brogden — the three founding Principals of the firm.

We’ve come a long way since opening our doors for business back in 1968. Since then, we have grown organically to six offices in New York City (1968), San Francisco (1984), Los Angeles (1994), Boston (2007), Miami (2015), and Denver (2016). Most of the clients we started with are still with us. That’s because we’re serious about our long-term commitment to them, and we share their design goals and challenges. We put our hearts and souls into making every project we take on the best is can possibly be — and we don’t stop until we get there!

Our success is not only due to the quality of our work; it’s down to the attitude, approach and the way we treat our clients. Discover the HLB experience through our “New Level of Light” design portfolio. It embodies the spirit of our firm — it respects and celebrates our firm’s pedigree and growth, and it highlights our six talented offices and fifteen market sectors of expertise.

EXPERIENCE A NEW LEVEL OF LIGHT

OUR VALUES

BRING THE IDEAS TO LIFE

This is the fabric of our firm culture and the building blocks for decisions made within our walls. Just a heads up, they tend to be contagious!

artistry

We’re always focused on the craft.

balance

We’re always living life first.

curiosity

We’re always intrigued by challenge.

integrity

We’re always doing what’s right, not what’s easy.

legacy

We’re always empowering the next generation of leaders.
70

Employees

72

% Owned by Women

49

Years in Business

6

Offices

Principal Leadership

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION

Our Principals are engaged in every project from concept to commissioning to ensure our client's needs are realized at every step.
They know when to lead, listen, mentor, and get out of the way! At HLB, our Principals believe a collaborative mindset works best.

Barbara Horton ''The H''
"Light has the seemingly magical power to transform objects into environments and environments into experiences."
Stephen Lees ''The L''
"We are re-tuned daily by our exposure to light. It is essential that more focus be given to the quality, quantity, and timing of light in the environments we create."
E. Teal Brogden ''The B''
“Light can inspire, reveal, encourage, delight. It is both the baseline and the finishing touch in the way we perceive our surroundings.”
Carrie Hawley
“Lighting is that intrinsic element of architecture that taps into our emotions, helping to reveal, transform, and satisfy the architectural soul.”
Beth Nilsen
"Numbers tell a story. Not just about the past, but about how we can impact the future. Understanding data as well as our relationships are what make a Great Company!"
Lee Brandt
“I feel the highest sense of accomplishment when the client is happy because our team has provided solutions that are responsible, sustainable, and functional.”
Hayden McKay
“I am inspired by nature’s lighting effects: endless variations of color, direction, and intensity. The joyous integration of light and architecture starts with natural light.”
HT Tina Aghassian
“My passion is to create spaces that reveal the subtle nuances of light and capture the architect’s intent, using art, music, and nature as inspiration.”
Brandon Thrasher
“Architecture is my canvas and light is my paintbrush.”
Michael Lindsey
“While technology and architecture ever evolve, lighting remains the artist’s greatest paintbrush to inspire, reflect, and influence emotion.”

ADVOCATES OF LIGHTING EDUCATION

KNOWLEDGE MATTERS

THE JULES HORTON INT'L STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Every profession has a responsibility to nurture its young, to grow new talent, and to pass on knowledge. Since 2008, HLB has supported college-level lighting programs through the “Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award” $5,000 prize grant scholarship.

Jules passed away at the age of 87 at his home in New York City in February 2007. We will always remember him for his imagination, quick wit and anecdotal story telling. To honor his memory as the founder of our firm and a leader in our industry, HLB sponsors the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education because of its long established endeavor to support college-level lighting programs that enable students to learn lighting and the nuances of our industry. View previous recipients and gain valuable insight to spark your lighting career below!

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