HLB Lighting Design Principal Faith Baum to retire

11th October 2022

(USA) – After an architectural lighting design career that has spanned across 35 years, Faith Baum, Principal of HLB Lighting has announced her retirement.

Led by a passion for theatre and theatre lighting, Baum discovered architectural lighting through a colleague and fell in love with the permanence of lighting design. She took classes at Parsons School of Design and started her career working at The Mintz Lighting Group, beginning as an entry-level designer and ending as an Associate before starting her own firm, Illumination Arts, with longtime friend and colleague Ken Douglas. In 2018, Illumination Arts joined HLB, which, according to Baum, “gave all of us opportunities to focus on our passions and what we do best”.

During her career, Baum has completed iconic projects all over the world – some of her favourite projects include Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge in Worcester, Massachusetts; Veterans Glass City Skyway in Toledo, Ohio; National Audubon Society Headquarters in New York City’ and the Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Speaking of her retirement, Baum said: “Retiring from a profession and company I love is bittersweet. I’m thrilled to be on the precipice of an adventure, not knowing exactly where it will take me. But I will miss the joy and excitement of working with my friends and colleagues at HLB, meeting new people, and collaborating on beautiful projects.”

Baum will continue to work with HLB in a part-time consultant role for the next year, and will continue to provide meaningful contributions to the firm through select mentorship and marketing activities as she focuses on completing her years-long investment in fellow teammates and principals through the sharing of her knowledge and expertise. Her commitment to mentorship will continue to light the way for the next generation of lighting designers, both within HLB and beyond.