Dawn Hollingsworth, CLD, FIALD, WELL AP is a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) by the Certified Lighting Design Commission, and a WELL Accredited Professional by the International WELL Building Institute. She is also a Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).
She has over 35 years of 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.
She holds a BFA in Drama (Design and Technical Production) from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Dawn was awarded a 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from EdisonReport, a leading industry media company at Lightfair International. She was named Architectural Lighting Designer of the Year by Lighting Dimensions International for her work on the LAX Gateway Enhancement. Her architectural lighting design portfolio includes retail, educational, hospitality, mixed-use, health care, corporate, entertainment facilities, and experiential projects. Her design work has been awarded an IALD Award of Merit, 3 IES Illumination Awards of Excellence, 10 IES Illumination Awards of Merit, 3 Lumen West Awards of Excellence, and 2 Joseph Jefferson nominations for outstanding lighting design.
Dawn has been a speaker at a variety of events including Lightfair International, Specs, IESNA, Enlighten Americas, Enlighten Europe, LDI International, and has taught theatrical and architectural lighting design at several universities including Otis College of Art & Design, 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 has served as an expert in several legal cases involving lighting and lighting design. Dawn also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Landscape Lighting Institute. Dawn holds patent 9,816,855 B2 for the development of a system for measuring light intensity and wirelessly transmitting the light intensity data.