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Kate Furst Assoc. IALD, MIES
Managing Associate Principal: Los Angeles Studio

Kate is a celebrated and respected lighting designer in the architectural and experience design community. Her 19-year career began in the professional theater where those formative years sparked a life-long passion for applying light. Kate thinks of her medium as a powerful tool that helps to both elevate story and sculpt environments. She cultivates a collaborative design process, leading to strong connections between architectural spaces and those who inhabit them. Kate’s work meshes bold and innovate design ideas; she embraces creative and technical challenges with an eye towards the seamless integration of light within the built environment.

Kate earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Theater at Mary Washington College and an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. An active member of both the IES and IALD, she serves on the IES-LA board of managers; her focus on training young designers is evidenced by serving as chair of the Russell Cole Memorial Student Lighting Design Competition.

Kate’s theatrical portfolio includes musical and dramatic professional productions, including world premieres and Off-Broadway productions. While studying for her master’s degree in theater, Kate was introduced to the world of architectural lighting and was immediately drawn to this immersive, impactful, and long-lasting medium. Her architectural project experience includes designs for wide range of dynamic and sophisticated projects including retail, themed entertainment, museums, hospitality, office, residential, landscape architecture, cruise ships, and multi-media/multi-layered project types. Kate’s designs have received multiple awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society and Themed Entertainment Association.

Steven Rosen
President & Creative Director
Ted Mather
Managing Principal: New York Studio
Matt Zelkowitz
Assoc. IALD, LC
Managing Principal: Boston Studio
Bill Kadra
Managing Principal: Special Events and Trade Shows
Derek Barnwell
Assoc. IALD
Managing Principal: Raleigh Studio
Rachel Gibney
Managing Associate Principal: Phoenix Studio
Kate Furst
Managing Associate Principal: Los Angeles Studio
Annette LeCompte
Managing Director
John Delfino
Senior Associate
Alex Fabozzi
Jr. Assoc. IALD
Senior Associate
Hamilton E.S. Smith
Assoc. IALD
Senior Associate
Dylan Bomgardner
Jr. Assoc. IALD
Nastassia Ortiz
Jr. Assoc. IALD
Benjamin Wilson
Jr. Assoc. IALD
Lindsay N. Duval
Jr. Assoc. IALD
Senior Designer
Nadia Orcel
Jr. Assoc. IALD
Susan Gochenour
Founding Partner Emeritus
Angela Connery
Office Manager
Paulina Villarroel Cruz
Marketing Manager

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