Jefferey Knox IES

Senior Lighting Designer, Studio Leader

Jefferey’s curiosity about light and the human experience serves him well as a lighting designer experienced in both the art and science of light. His work experience in project management and design in New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Dallas has exposed him to a diversity of project types, including restaurants, luxury cruise ships, medical facilities, offices, roadways, daylighting and energy analysis studies. His project base is international, with well over 200 projects constructed in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Jefferey enjoys the uniqueness of each project and strives to create lighting solutions that enhance the architecture while providing high functionality, low maintenance, and overall efficiency in the design.

In addition to his design work, Jefferey is an AIA/CES presenter for Schuler Shook. He has judged a series of applications for Architectural SSL Magazine’s Product Innovation Awards program and has been a judge for the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program. He has taught ‘Basic Lighting Design’ at the New York University School of Continuing Education and served as adjunct faculty at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. His ongoing research into the spectral characteristics of light includes both human visual system research and photo-biological interests.

Significant Projects

  • River Spirit Hotel and Casino

    Tulsa, OK

  • University of Houston University Center

    Houston, TX

  • University of Texas San Antonio Center for Oral Health Care

    San Antonio, TX

  • The PAC at AISD (Austin Independent School District)

    Austin, TX

  • Pulaski Technical College Fine Arts Building

    Little Rock, AR

  • McAllen Performing Arts Center

    McAllen, TX

  • Tulsa Technology Center

    Tulsa, OK

  • Fossil Auditorium

    Richardson, TX

  • Centro Med Palo Alto Clinic

    San Antonio, TX

  • Centro Med Walzem Clinic

    San Antonio, TX

  • Oklahoma City Community College Performing Arts Center

    Oklahoma City, OK

  • St. Andrews Episcopal School Performing Arts Center

    Austin, TX

  • Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts

    Mansfield, TX

  • MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

    Houston, TX

  • Lone Star College Kingwood Recital Hall

    Kingwood, TX

  • Lone Star College Tomball Theatre

    Tomball, TX

  • Lone Star College Montgomery Recital Hall

    Conroe, TX


  • BSAE – University of Colorado


  • Illuminating Engineering Society

Presentations & Panels

  • “Sources, Surfaces and Eyes – Calculation Procedures Incorporating Spectral Distribution Information,” Co-Author, IESNA Annual Conference, 2003
  • “Sources’ Spectra, Roadway Surfaces and the Potential for Uplight Scattering,” Co-Author, International Dark-Sky Association Annual Conference, 2003
  • “Daylighting”, Lower Rio Grande AIA, Building Communities Conference, 2010
  • “Light, Can It Affect Your Health?”, Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA Building Communities Conference 2012
  • “LED’s, Getting Beyond the Hype to What Works” Texas Society of Architects Annual Conference 2012
  • "LEDs, Getting Beyond the Hype to What Works" and "Evidence-Based Lighting for Long-Term Care", Lower Rio Grande AIA, Building Communities Conference, 2013
  • “Light – Can It Affect Your Health?”, METROCON, 2013
  • “Light, Can It Affect Your Health?”, Lightshow Southwest Tradeshow and Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, 2014
  • "Evidence Based Lighting for Long-Term Care", METROCON14, 2014


  • Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

    • Preser­va­tion Achieve­ment Award, 2020
    • TEXO 2020 Dis­tin­guished Build­ing Awards — First Place, 2020
  • Lamar Street Underpass, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2016
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Academic Performing Arts Complex
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2016
    • AIA Austin Design Award, 2016
  • Zenith: An American Grill

    • IES Design Award of Mer­it – Zenith: An Amer­i­can Grill
  • DOE Denver Regional Support

    • IES Design Award of Mer­it – DOE Den­ver Region­al Sup­port Office
  • Mid-West Cardiovascular Institute

    • IES Design Award of Mer­it – Mid-West Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Institute
  • Denver Central Library

    • IES Design Award of Mer­it – Den­ver Cen­tral Library
  • Kansas City Zoo Entry Building

    • IES Design Award of Mer­it – Kansas City Zoo Entry Building
  • South Shore Bank, 35th Street Branch

    • IES EPRI Design Award – South Shore Bank, 35th Street Branch


  • “High Performance Design Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings – Vermont & Northeast Region,” Contributing Technical Editor, 2004

  • “Architects Energy Guide” sponsored by AIA Colorado and the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation, Contributing Technical Editor, 2003