Design Team

dawn-hollingsworthDawn Hollingsworth, LC, FIALD, is a Lighting Professional certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and a Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

She has over 35 years experience with a diversified background in theatrical and architectural lighting design and consulting, marketing, business management, product management and development, manufacturing, scenic design and event production. The hallmark of Dawn’s work has been the ability to realize uniquely creative ideas while solving technical challenges.  For 15 years, Dawn was a managing partner with Visual Terrain, Inc.

She holds a BFA in Design and Technical Production from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

The pillars of Dawn’s practice are

  • to design human-centric lighting systems to create healthy environments
  • the judicious use of our natual resources
  • to use light as an artistic expression of the built environment

Dawn has been a speaker at a variety of events including LED Specifier Summit, Specs, Lightfair International, IESNA and LDI International and has taught lighting design at several universities including Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California, Woodbury University and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

In addition to her work at Darkhorse, she is a senior lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and has served as an expert in several legal cases involving lighting and lighting design.