Jess Baker Assoc. IALD, IES, LC

Senior Lighting Designer, Studio Leader

Jess is actively working on solutions that allow lighting capabilities to be fully harnessed to improve people’s lives. With ten years of lighting design experience ranging from theatres to urban landscapes, she enjoys designing innovative ways for light to unobtrusively enhance and support the experience of a space. She believes collaboration and the advancement of standards through research provide the best path to design innovation.

Combining her interest in improving society through lighting, her grasp of each project’s bigger picture, and a keen eye for technical detail helps Jess deliver implementable designs with no sacrifice to the conceptual intent. She is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Color Committee and offers AIA/CES presentations to share her expertise on Light & Health.

Significant Projects

  • San Diego Symphony Hall

    San Diego, CA

  • Hyatt Global Headquarters

    Chicago, IL

  • Riverwalk Apple Store Plaza

    Chicago, IL

  • McDonald’s Headquarters

    Chicago, IL

  • Northern Trust Boardroom

    Chicago, IL

  • Morningstar, Inc.

    Chicago, IL

  • Wrigley Field Plaza

    Chicago, IL

  • Wrigley Building, North Tower Belfry

    Chicago, IL

  • One University Circle

    Cleveland, OH

  • Easter Seals Center for Autism Research - Family Fitness Center

    Chicago, IL

  • Optima Center II

    Chicago, IL

  • University of Virginia Alderman Library

    Charlottesville, VA

  • 777 North Van Buren Residential Tower Parking Garage

    Milwaukee, WI

  • Greffin House

    Clear Lake, IN

  • Nationwide Insurance Lobby and Upper Concourse Renovation

    Columbus, OH

  • Kirkwood Performing Arts Center

    Kirkwood, MO

  • St. Mary Church, Hyde Park

    Cincinnati, OH

  • SSM Health Boardroom

    Creve Coeur, MO

  • JPMorgan Chase Polaris Hub

    Columbus, OH

  • Vanderbilt University Residential Colleges B & C

    Nashville, TN

  • American University Beirut Medical Center

    Beirut, Lebanon


  • BA - University of Tennessee, Knoxville


  • International Association of Lighting Designers, Associate
  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • LC-Lighting Certified by NCQLP

Presentations & Panels

  • “Theatre to Architectural Lighting”, Guest Lecture University of TN Graduate Theatre Department, 2020


  • Morningstar Chicago
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2017
    • AIA Chica­go Design Excel­lence: Inte­ri­or Archi­tec­ture Award, 2017
  • Hyatt Global Headquarters
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2018
  • Lighting Magazine 40 Under 40, 2020 (Global)