HLB Lighting Design acquires Illumination Arts

1st May 2018

(USA) – The acquisition of Illumination arts by HLB will allow both firms to expand their reach both across the USA and worldwide.

Lighting design practice Illumination Arts (IA), best known for its work on bridges and infrastructure projects, has joined HLB Lighting Design. The acquisition enables both firms to offer expanded architectural lighting and daylighting design services to clients both across the USA and worldwide.

Faith Baum, Principal and Owner of Illumination Arts, said: “We’re thrilled to unite with such a forward-thinking design firm and to have our entire staff under the HLB brand. HLB has been a leader for many years, setting the bar for professionalism and economy of scale in the architectural lighting industry.

“We believe there is strength in numbers, and together, we are raising the bar for what our clients expect from professional lighting designers.”

The merger with HLB will make it easier for IA to service its client base, providing a strategic locality, while the ability to collaborate on a wide variety of projects from coast to coast, with local footing, makes the combination a stronger lighting partner.

HLB and IA complement each other not only in the quest for design excellence, but also with their values, specifically when it comes to diversity and the next generation of lighting designers. “A common culture is instrumental when bringing two firms together,” said Barbara Horton, President and CEO of HLB.

“IA is recognised internationally as an innovator in the design of iconic bridges and this elevates the depth and expertise of our infrastructure practice throughout our seven HLB offices around the country.”

Ken Douglas, Principal of Illumination Arts, added: “This is great news for our respective clients, it provides an expanded pool of experienced designers to bring their ideas and knowledge to bear on projects.

“At the same time, the geographic reach of the combined firms will facilitate expansion of existing client relationships and allow for more in-person interaction with clients spread out across the country.”


Faith Baum, Owner and Principal, and Ken Douglas, Principal of Illumination Arts.