John Jacobsen IES, LC

Project Lighting Designer

John has a passion for light stemming from his background in the theatre and enjoys sharing his hands-on experience in the art and science of light. In all of his work, John strives to sculpt space and complete an environment that creates an emotional experience for the viewer.  John brings innovative ideas to his collaborations and keeps an eye to environmentally friendly practices.


  • BFA - The Pennsylvania State University


  • International Association of Lighting Designers, Junior Associate
  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • Lighting Certified by the NCQLP
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology


  • Confidential Company
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
  • Gelber Group

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
  • The University of Chicago, Saieh Hall for Economics
    • Society for College and University Planning Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2017
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2015
    • AIA Illinois Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award, 2016
    • Building Design + Construction – Platinum Award for Reconstruction, 2015
    • Society for College and University Planning Honor Award for Excellence in Planning, 2014
    • Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2014
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2015
    • ENR Magazine, National Best of The Best Award, Cultural Category, 2014
    • Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, Civic Award, 2014
    • California Preservation Foundation Design Award, Rehabilitation, 2014
  • USITT Lighting Design Award for Young Designers & Technicians, 2007