Our light lineage
We’ve come a long way since opening our doors for business back in 1968 – from a living room in Manhattan to seven office locations in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Denver, and Austin. Founding Principals Jules Horton, Stephen Lees, Barbara Horton and Teal Brogden laid the foundation for HLB, leading with a progressive business acumen that has fueled over a half century of impassioned practice, industry stewardship and innovation in lighting design. As our firm has grown, we’ve remained committed to the same ideals they set out with, working seamlessly in sync across our ever-growing team of talented professionals to push the boundaries of what is possible and make a positive impact on the world through light.
Jules G. Horton Lighting Design was founded in New York City.
Stephen Lees joins the firm.
Barbara Horton joins the firm.
Stephen Lees becomes a partner, firm name changes to Horton Lees Lighting Design. Firm opens second design studio in San Francisco.
Teal Brogden joins the firm.
Firm opens third design studio in Los Angeles.
Firm name changes to Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design.
HLB opens fourth design studio in Boston.
HLB opens fifth design studio in Miami.
HLB opens sixth design studio in Denver.
HLB opens seventh design studio in Austin.
Illumination Arts joins HLB.
186 Lighting Design Group joins HLB.
HLB opens eighth design studio in Dubai.