Beautifully lit modern building

Senior Designer


Award winning architectural lighting design firm looking for a full time Senior Lighting Designer with at least 5 years of relevant work experience in Lighting Design in Manhattan. Candidate should be a professional who is exceptionally well organized, resourceful, conscientious, dedicated and detail-oriented with very good written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills.

The role of Senior Lighting Designer requires special knowledge and skills, typically acquired through direct work experience.

  • 5-7 years’ work experience with an understanding in lighting design across architectural, interior and landscape design projects.
  • Ability to direct and lead staff and crew in lighting projects
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD/Revit
  • Developed skills in 3D modeling software
  • Advanced knowledge in Adobe suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and MS Office
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and superb ability to multi-task.
  • Strong sensibility and appreciation for design communication
  • Time management skills and the ability to work on multiple projects

Lighting Designer duties and responsibilities at L’Observatoire shall include:

  • Completing all phases of project lighting design, starting from the original conception to final phases
  • Directing and reviewing the work of Junior Lighting Designers and Lighting Interns
  • Provide lighting design solutions appropriate to client brief, budget and relevant standards.
  • Attend client and design team meetings, sometimes involving national and/or international travel.
  • Prepare presentations to clients
  • Develop lighting design solutions (i.e. engineering exercise) - lighting calculations, research of fixture alternatives, review of fixture samples, construction of temporary mockups
  • Oversee the documentation of the lighting design via CAD layouts, lighting details, light fixture schedules, lighting control specifications
  • Plan and execute lighting mockups as needed throughout the project
  • Review cost estimates of project lighting specifications and adjust lighting design to meet owner’s budget.
  • Review construction progress of lighting installation at project site and issue field reports to design team.
  • Supervise final aiming of light fixtures and lighting controls programming.

We are a New York City-based lighting design office collaborating with prominent architectural firms world-wide. Please visit L'Observatoire's website for a review of our portfolio.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include healthcare, 401K plan, vacation & sick days.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to

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