Alfred Borden FIALD, CLD, MIES


Alfred Borden founder and Principal of The Lighting Practice retired on December 31, 2020 after 31 years in architectural lighting design. He founded The Lighting Practice’s Philadelphia office in 1989 to create a place where like-minded designers could work in a collaborative environment dedicated to design excellence and client service. In 2018, Al spearheaded the firm’s expansion to New York, founding The Lighting Practice’s New York office and providing a second home base for local and national projects.


What is your favorite aspect of light?
It’s fluidity.

What is your dream project?
My dream project is always the one right in front of me, it takes all of my attention.

Where do you think the lighting industry will be in 10 years?
The lighting industry will have merged into the electronics industry.

What is your personal mission statement?
Don’t screw up.


Bachelor of Arts in Theater - Temple University

Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design - NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Credentials & Affiliations

  • Certified Lighting Designer (CLD)
  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) - Fellow, former Board Member
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - Member, past President of the Philadelphia Section
  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA), New York Chapter - Affiliate Member