Lauren-Schwade

Associate, Senior Lighting Designer



EXPERTISE

Lighting Design

My family and I are new residents to Decatur, Georgia from Wisconsin, as I have joined our Atlanta office! I’m excited to be a part of this exciting team; and let’s be honest, the warmer weather might have helped seal the deal.

I have over 13 years of lighting design experience and have worked in multiple major cities including Philadelphia, NYC, and Milwaukee for prestigious firms such as GWA Lighting, Francis Cauffman Architects, and SBLD Studio. Four years of this was spent at Visa Lighting in WI, where I learned and gained experience on the manufacturing/sales side. Although I have worked on numerous projects including, commercial, hospitality, retail, education, exterior façade, and landscape lighting, my focus and passion has always been in healthcare lighting and design. At Visa Lighting I was able to act as the liaison, educator, and advocate for other like-minded designers to specify and create quality healthcare lighting fixtures. I love that I can take all my past work experiences and education to help inspire, create, and partner with other healthcare designers from all industries.

I am LC and EDAC certified and a dedicated member of the IES Healthcare Committee, currently updating the IES Lighting for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities, RP-29 Document. Did I mention I’m a healthcare nerd? I love reading, researching and following the latest news on anything to do with light & health. This all stems from my education in Interior Design at Philadelphia University — my thesis  on a Children’s Outpatient Rehab Center was inspired by a dear family member who spent many childhood years in and out of hospitals. I have had countless opportunities to specialize in this field, and I’m so grateful to be here, having the ability to share and grow with Mazzetti!

My Flipside

When I’m not “nerding out” about lighting, I spend time with my family, being a full time mommy to our daughter, Audrey Hayden and getting ready for our new addition to the family due around March 23rd!

My husband is a lighting product designer, with an industrial design background, currently working for Acuity lighting.

In our free time (I think I remember those days) we both work on our house renovation projects and fight over whose design is better! If I can squeeze in yoga or fun classes, museums tours, etc with our daughter on the weekends, we take full advantage. We also try and see our family all over the country as much as possible and take advantage of having a free “lap child” for now. Life is pretty busy these days, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.