Hartranft Lighting Design (HLD), with offices in Washington, DC, Boston and Charlotte, is expanding its design presence and client services with the addition of Catherine Leskowat as senior designer.
Catherine believes in human-centric design, and in finding the beautifully simple solution to a design challenge. Every day is a chance to collaborate with other creative minds and leverage an understanding of light and human factors to create healthy built environments that bring delight to users.
Catherine is a lighting designer and project manager with experience in a diverse range of projects from infrastructure to houses of worship, historic renovation and labs. Catherine has served on the IALD Education Trust Stipend Committee since graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelors in Interior Design. She also teaches lighting design for architecture and interior design at the Boston Architectural College.
A rainbow over St Francis hospital the morning she was born might have foretold her future in lighting design, or later her interest in architecture and photography, but Catherine was around 16 when she picked up a coffee-table book of a lighting designer’s portfolio at the library and saw a spread showing four different lighting scenes in the same space. “The potential of light to impact human experience, necessarily inseparable from space-making and materiality, continues to fascinate me. To share the transformative power of light is why I am a lighting designer.”
E d u c a t i o n
Bachelors of Interior Design, University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, 2013
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Light and Health Institute, 2016
A f f i l i a t i o n s
International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Associate
Education Trust Stipend Committee 2015-Present
Student Ambassador, 2012-2013
Awards Committee, 2018
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Associate
International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Associate
US Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED AP ID+C, 2016-Present
About Hartranft Lighting Design.
Now with more than 100 years’ collective experience and 2000+ projects inform our approach to responsible lighting design solutions, Hartranft Lighting Design applies specialized expertise to help architects, developers and owners realize their vision of commercial, institutional, and mixed-use spaces. Hartranft Lighting Design is a woman-owned business (WBE) with offices in Charlotte, Boston and Washington, DC.