Do you enjoy working on exciting projects in a dynamic environment with a talented team? Lightswitch could be the right fit for you. We hire great people who value collaboration, creativity, imagination and excellence. Our ever-growing team works together to create unforgettable experiences through lighting, media and visual design.


Lightswitch Chicago Lighting Designer

Lightswitch is an award-winning design consortium of lighting designers, theatrical designers and media artists who are committed to enhancing the experience of architectural design through the creative use of light. We provide lighting and media design for architecture, entertainment, environments, events and museums. Our Chicago office is currently working on a number high-end, 5-star properties that are 30% below energy standards. Most are LEED projects, 90% of the products specified are LED and we only use programmable digital controls. We are working with world-class or leading architects and developers across the globe to create remarkable lighting and lighting control designs.

We pride ourselves on being “cool and laidback,” but always on time, professional and on budget. Our team is made of organized, flexible, and optimistic problem solvers. We always strive to exceed our client’s expectations and provide solutions that are unique and one-of-a kind. Our goal is to continually push our projects and designs to a higher place. Are you like us? Are you interested joining our fun, creative and hardworking team?

As a Lighting Designer for the Chicago office of Lightswitch, you will work with the senior design staff to facilitate the documentation for lighting designs produced by our office. You will work with the design team to manage the luminaire selections, drafting, sketches, schedules and details. Our designer will be exposed to a wide variety of design problems that need creative solutions. Candidates should be well-organized and self-driven with the ability to manage their time and effectively communicate with our team and clients in a professional manner.

We are looking for candidates who are:

• Creative
• Possess an understanding of lighting technology
• Understand the architectural design process
• Can find a unique solution to a problem
• Optimistic
• Have a glass-is-half-full attitude
• Extremely organized
• Easy going
• Can manage their own technical issues
• Can multitask
• Can train others and excite them about their work
• Can cultivate and nurture the people beneath them
• Will serve as an ambassador for the greater good of all and the company

Our Lighting Designer needs to be an expert in the following software applications. If not, they must be willing to learn:
• Autodesk AutoCAD
o Understands xrefs, sheets, blocks, schedule import and drawing tools
• Autodesk Revit
o Understands central models, setting up sheets, building families, inserting luminaires and schedules
• 3D Studio Max
• Microsoft Office Suite
o Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• AGi32
o Building and running photometric calculations
• Visual
o Building and running photometric calculations
• Filemaker
o Using a database to manage information
• Adobe Creative Suite
o Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat
• Bluebeam Revu CAD


Lightswitch Architectural team members are generously compensated based on experience using a unique compensation model. Additional compensation is available when a team member brings work to the company.

Education & Experience

Our designer must have a bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of professional experience in lighting or architecture or a related field. He or she must understand how a building is built and designed, as well as the drawings and details needed for construction and administration of a project to completion. An understanding of light and lighting is a requirement, and an understanding of architectural lighting is desirable. Designer must communicate in English as their primary language and be located in the United States.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, drafting examples and portfolio. Drafting examples must include the original drafting files in AutoCAD and/or Revit. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions: Why do you want to work for Lightswitch? What will you bring to our team? Please send to Lightswitch Chicago via email to