Michael Cohen IES


Michael Cohen has distinguished himself by bringing light to the built environment through innovative architectural lighting and illuminated sculpture. Since joining Schuler Shook, Michael has contributed to a broad variety of lighting solutions. His work is reflected in the interior and exterior lighting of restaurants, themed environments, casinos, retail spaces, municipal and convention facilities, residences, historic building renovation, theater renovation, and special event productions. He provides project design and coordination which has resulted in award winning projects nationwide.

Significant Projects

  • Warwick Rittenhouse

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Excelsior & Grand

    St. Louis Park, MN

  • The Boathouse, Downtown Disney

    Orlando, FL

  • I-35 Transit/Access Station

    Minneaoplis, MN

  • Pediatric Clinic


  • Academy of Natural Sciences

    Philadelphia, PA

  • T-Rex

    Kansas City, MO

  • Milwaukee Road Depot

    Minneapolis, MN

  • Rainforest Café

    Anaheim, CA

  • Disney Yak & Yeti Restaurant, Disney Animal Kingdom

    Orlando, FL

  • Madinah Hajj City Transit Station

    Madinah, Saudi Arabia

  • Landry's Aquarium

    Denver, CO

  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Hoofed Stock Exhibit

    St. Paul, MN

  • Minnesota State University, Centennial Student Union

    Mankato, MN

  • Numerouse Private Residences



  • BS Engineering - Florida Atlantic University


  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Presentations & Panels


  • Radisson Blu Mall of America

    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2014
  • Rainforest Café
    • IES Inter­na­tion­al Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award
    • IIDA Award
  • St. Anthony Falls Office Building
    • LEED Gold
    • Min­neapo­lis Her­itage Preser­va­tion His­toric Restora­tion Award, 2008
    • Preser­va­tion Alliance of Min­neso­ta Adap­tive Reuse Award, 2008
    • Preser­va­tion Alliance of Min­neso­ta Award for Excel­lence in Sus­tain­able Design, 2008
  • Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2014