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The Lighting Practice

Lighting Practice
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The Lighting Practice

The Lighting Practice is a team of over thirty professionals who are passionate about lighting design. The Lighting Practice transforms ordinary spaces into places that are extraordinary, captivating and memorable.

Working on projects across a range of sectors, the company is an industry leader with a stunning portfolio of work from around the globe. PREMIER CONSTRUCTION MAGAZINE has compiled some of these projects below, as well as catching up with The Lighting Practice President Helen K. Diemer.

The Landmark Filinvest
Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines

In the Philippines, supermarkets serve as major retail and entertainment hubs. The Landmark Corporation’s market chain has revolutionized this supermarket experience. The new subterranean 108,000 SF location at the Filinvest Shopping Complex has five levels of department stores above and two levels of parking garage below. Creating a hospitable and intimate shopping experience was an important part of the design. The Lighting Practice was brought onto the project team by Hugh A. Boyd Architects who understood that lighting would play an important role in achieving the desired experience. TLP highlighted vertical displays and millwork to compensate for limited daylight exposure. Lighting vertical surfaces played an important role in wayfinding and creating an open feeling. The combination of soft cove lighting and narrow focused lamps accented architectural feature walls, which helped guide shoppers throughout the space. This location was Landmark’s first to use all LED products. All lighting for the project was sourced locally in Asia. Due to the language barrier and time difference, The Lighting Practice used thoroughly detailed drawings to communicate the lighting design and ensure it was executed as intended. The team coordinated mock-ups through the architect, after which TLP reviewed internally and provided feedback. Through lighting calculation studies, TLP studied feature elements, such as the folded wall and facet walls. Lighting fixtures were tucked into the architecture throughout the market, creating bright, seamless illumination.

Project Details:
Client: The Landmark Filinvest
Architect: Hugh A. Boyd Architects
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hugh A. Boyd Architects

Amicus Therapeutics Headquarters
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Amicus Therapeutics’ new 75,000-SF Global Research and Gene Therapy Center of Excellence, located in uCity Square, was designed to advance the company’s commitment to biotechnology and the research of rare metabolic diseases.  The Lighting Practice illuminated the world-class headquarters and established a technology-forward first impression.  Emphasis was placed on public-facing spaces like the atrium, lobby, and meeting areas.  Backlit acoustic panels at the double-height atrium ceiling mimic the gene sequence of Pompe’s disease, an illness Amicus is working to cure.  Sinuous lines of light encircle the atrium, providing a visual reference and illuminating collaboration and touchdown areas.  Organic forms are emphasized with continuous curvilinear slots, decorative fixtures, and cove lighting.  Recessed troffers in the lab and open office provide high-performance illumination and a clean aesthetic.

Project Details:
Client: Amicus Therapeutics
Architect & Engineer: CRB
Photo Credit: Connie Zhou Photography

Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Texas Health Huguley’s six-story, 233,000 SF patient tower is a campus extension that brings state-of-the-art technology to the region.  The facility provides a new public entrance, chapel, expanded women’s services including two c-section suites and eight labor and delivery rooms, and three levels of med/surg units with thirty-six inpatient beds per floor.  The top floor was left unfinished to allow room for future growth.  The Lighting Practice worked closely with the interiors group to create public spaces that are soft, warm and inviting but with a modern feel.  Decorative lighting elements were chosen for their simplicity in form, and recessed lighting was minimized to keep spaces feeling clean.  LED technology was implemented throughout the building to take advantage of both energy savings and dimming opportunities.  TLP worked extensively with the architecture team on exterior façade lighting concepts.  Vertical light pockets are designed to keep light sources hidden, and color-changing wash lights are used along the top brow to ensure the Texas Health brand color is accurately replicated. With this expansion Texas Health Huguley was able to expand their women’s services and create a beautiful space that emphasizes patient care and comfort.

Project Details:
Clients: Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System
Architect & Construction: The Beck Group
Photo Credit: Casey Dunn


An interview with Helen K. Diemer, President of The Lighting Practice

What is it that you specialise in?

“The Lighting Practice is a team of over thirty professionals who are passionate about lighting design. As lighting design consultants, we believe a collaborative effort always gets to a better idea. With this in mind, we chose to be more than just lighting designers, we chose to be a partner to our clients. We work closely with project stakeholders and all members of the design team to develop lighting solutions that support our clients’ goals for their projects and have a positive impact on their surrounding communities. Our team’s expertise encompasses a diverse range of project types and market sectors including corporate, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, retail/mixed-use, and transportation projects.”

How long have you been in operation?

“The Lighting Practice was established 1989. Today we are a WBE/DBE certified firm with offices in both Philadelphia and New York. My partner, Al Borden, founded The Lighting Practice as a place where individuals with diverse backgrounds and a passion for light and learning could come together to make a difference. While design trends and lighting technology have changed dramatically, our mission to design lighting solutions to serve our clients needs and belief that lighting design can truly make a difference is as strong of a driving force today as it was 30 years ago.”

How do you stand out from competitors?

“We provide exceptional client experiences.  We do this by being friendly, attentive, flexible and thorough. Clients present us with many different challenges where lighting can have an important impact on their projects. A particular client’s goal may be to increase store sales, another’s may be to make their college campus feel safe, and yet another’s may be to attract visitors and guide people through an exhibit. Because one size does not fit all, we tailor our services and our approach to suit each client’s unique needs.”

“Most projects have cost challenges. We are very good at developing alternative approaches and editing our ideas to work within our clients’ budgets. We make sure to focus the resources where they will have the most impact.

“The most enjoyable part of lighting design is developing the concept, but proper execution is perhaps even more important to the client’s experience and satisfaction with the end result. We are a partner and an advocate for our clients; we take care of the details to make the process of getting a good lighting design installed in their projects as easy and enjoyable as possible.”

What do you pride yourselves in as a company?

“We pride ourselves in the team that we’ve built. Our amazing team is our secret sauce. We have a group of people who really care about each other and our clients and who work together well. We’ve built the firm on the philosophy that two (or three or even four) heads are better than one. What we can do as a group is so much more powerful and impactful than what any one individual can do alone. As we continue to build the team, we look for people who share our philosophy and want to have that kind of impact.”


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