Rebecca Mintz, LC, Assoc. IALD, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Associate at The Lighting Practice, has been featured as IES NYC’s Member of the Month for September 2022.
“Q: How did you first get started in the lighting industry?
I ended up in architectural lighting in a roundabout way. I wanted to be a theatrical lighting designer all through high school and college. After an internship at a summer theater festival, I realized a life in theater was not for me. I spent a year working as an economic research assistant at a think tank, but quickly realized that I wasn’t going to be happy staring at numbers all day. I needed something more collaborative and creative. Someone at the theater internship had mentioned that I might be interested in architectural lighting. I reached out to several members of the architectural lighting community around the country who had recently taken part in a panel discussion for Architectural Lighting Magazine (I can’t believe I found it! “Professional Sustainability” Architectural Lighting Magazine July 2008) to find out more. HLB Boston’s Carrie Hawley and LAM Partners’ Paul Zaferiou probably don’t remember speaking with me, but many years later I am still grateful they took the time to talk to me!”