Jess Baker Assoc. IALD, IES, LC

Senior Lighting Designer

Jess wants to live in a world where lighting capabilities are fully harnessed to improve people’s lives. Through her theatre background, she has an unrelenting passion to discover innovative ways that light can enhance and support the experience of a space without overpowering it. She believes collaboration and the advancements of standards through research provide the best path to design innovation and result in the strongest and most impactful statements on society.

Jess excels at taking the inherent technical aspects of light and translating them into an expressive design tool. In addition to design, her past experience as a Light Board Programmer, Master Electrician and Assistant Lighting Designer aids her with advanced error detection skills, clever solutions, software optimization, and a keen eye for technical detail that delivers implementable designs with no sacrifice to the conceptual intent.

Significant Projects

  • Morningstar, Inc.

    Chicago, IL

  • Wrigley Field Plaza

    Chicago, IL

  • Riverwalk Apple Store Plaza

    Chicago, IL

  • Northern Trust Boardroom

    Chicago, IL

  • Hyatt Global Headquarters

    Chicago, IL

  • McDonald’s Headquarters

    Chicago, IL

  • Wrigley Building, North Tower Belfry

    Chicago, IL

  • Easter Seals Center for Autism Research - Family Fitness Center

    Chicago, IL

  • Optima Center II

    Chicago, IL

  • One University Circle

    Cleveland, OH

  • 777 North Van Buren Residential Tower Parking Garage

    Milwaukee, WI

  • Greffin House

    Clear Lake, IN

  • St. Mary Church, Hyde Park

    Cincinnati, OH


  • BA - University of Tennessee, Knoxville


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


  • 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)