Career Opportunity: Senior Lighting Designer

George Sexton Associates

Washington, D.C.

Position overview:

George Sexton Associates (GSA) is seeking to hire a creative, knowledgeable Senior Lighting Designer to add to our collaborative design team at both our DC and NYC offices. Our projects are centered around lighting design and production for world-class museums, and commercial and residential projects. Working with GSA offers an opportunity to challenge yourself professionally and work with a highly-regarded and globally-recognized firm.

Locations: DC Office and NYC Office

Overview: The Senior Lighting Designer collaborates with a team of project managers, junior lighting designers and other team members to develop lighting designs and corresponding documents that align with the client’s specifications and needs.

The Senior Lighting Designer provides design expertise and project management support in a team environment. Important skills & experience includes:

  • Project or Program Management experience

  • Excellent communication skills in order to understand design needs and specifications, including energy requirements, for lighting design projects.

  • Ability to develop a lighting design and all lighting design documents in response to client’s specifications and needs, while working on a team.

  • Familiarity with commercial lighting fixtures and ability to select appropriate fixtures for projects in order to meet the client’s requests.

  • Ability to develop architectural drawings that will ultimately be included in the final planset.

  • Understanding of whether or not lighting installations are occurring in compliance with the design documents and ability to work to rectify issues that arise in order to satisfy the client.

  • Travelling for meetings and site visits are expected, as required by the project.


  • Degree in lighting design, architecture, or related field

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the lighting design field.

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Microsoft Office, COMCheck, daylight design, energy code compliance, Bluebeam, AutoCAD, Revit

  • Final aim and adjust on site.

  • Strong problem solving, research, and communication skills

How to Apply: Please address application materials (resume and portfolio) to Recruiting and e-mail them to: gsadc-careers@gsadc.com


About George Sexton Associates, LLC:

George Sexton Associates (GSA), has brought an established yet innovative approach to the fields of lighting design and museum design since the firm was founded in 1980. During this period, GSA has completed a wide range of lighting design projects that vary in size from large scale urban, commercial and institutional projects to smaller scale residential projects. In each project, GSA strives to integrate architectural, aesthetic and functional considerations, with the technical, budget and schedule requirements of our clients.

George Sexton Associates has developed an extensive portfolio of involvement with complex lighting design projects, including educational organizations, museums and galleries, landscapes and parks, capitol buildings, opera houses, libraries, hospitals, office buildings, rapid transit systems, sports arenas, outdoor sculpture, churches and public plazas. Examples of smaller projects include private art collections, residences and specific portions of larger projects such as public areas.

The staff at George Sexton Associates is comprised of professionals with a wide variety of complementary skills which we believe improves our ability to respond to the diverse needs of lighting design projects, design teams and our clients. Creative collaboration between the client's team and GSA, from the early stages of a project through completion, enhances our ability to assist with the development of effective design solutions that are informed by budget and scheduling goals.

George Sexton Associates is structured to handle all phases of a project from inception to completion, by consulting with architects, designers and engineers on the conceptual implications of light and identifying the critical issues involved. We offer detailed follow-through, including value-engineering, review of shop drawings, coordination, field observation, and on-site focusing to ensure that the lighting concepts are optimally achieved. Our method of team working is well suited for projects of varying size and complexity and the organizational structure of each project is determined by the requirements of the project itself.

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