David Seok Named Among 40 Top Lighting Designers Under 40

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The Lighting Practice is thrilled to announce that Senior Lighting Designer David Seok has been recognized in the 2021 Class of 40under40, an international program that identifies the most talented and promising individuals working in the lighting design industry.

Light Collective’s 40under40 awards program recognizes lighting designers who are “raising the bar on the creativity and quality of projects across the world.” For their outstanding contributions to the field, the Class of 40under40 are considered representatives of a new generation in the 21st century.

David Seok joined The Lighting Practice in 2014.  In 2019 he was promoted to Senior Lighting Designer and returned to New York to work in The Lighting Practice’s NYC office.  Prior to joining TLP, he worked as a lighting designer for a Philadelphia area lighting design firm.  David’s project work includes corporate, education, mixed-use developments, hospitality and entertainment environments.

“I choose light because of its dynamic nature,” David said, “there is never one answer with lighting and decisions made can dramatically impact the kind of space created.”

David’s passion for design and urban redevelopment has led him to volunteer with Community Design Collaborative and participate in DesignPhiladelphia’s 2015 Pearl Street Passage installation project.  Beginning in 2017, David has taught lighting design as an adjunct professor for the Drexel University Department of Architecture + Interiors. David serves on the IALD New York chapter’s Board of Directors as Treasurer. He is also a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society NYC and Designers Lighting Forum New York (DLFNY).

“In addition to his passion for lighting, David cares deeply for the well-being of our team and is a strong advocate for TLP’s continued focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Emad Hasan, Principal of TLP’s New York Office, “and it makes him truly deserving of this recognition and makes me honored to work with him.”

To be eligible for consideration in the 40under40 Class, nominees must work with the application of lighting in architecture and be under the age of 40. A selection panel – which includes senior lighting professionals, association representatives, educators, and curatorial board members – assesses all nominees’ architectural lighting design achievements until they’ve selected forty members for the Class.

Congratulations to David and the rest of the designers who were named to the 2021 list!


Purdue University Gateway, West Lafayette, Indiana

Jack Thistledown Racino, North Randall, Ohio

Institute for Creation Research, Dallas, TX