Angela Banner joined The Lighting Practice in 2018. She previously installed temporary lighting for monuments at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, which was her introduction to lighting public spaces. Angela was inspired to pursue lighting design as a career while attending Philadelphia University, now Jefferson East Falls. Through industrial design, she learned how lighting can walk the line between art, design, and cutting-edge technology. Since joining TLP, Angela’s project experience includes a variety of retail environments and outdoor public spaces.
What’s your favorite aspect of light?
How light can transform the world without physically touching it.
What advice would you pass on to future lighting designers?
Learn the basics of coding, programming, and animation. Lighting is becoming increasingly digital because of LEDs, and now imagining it as static is not enough. An understanding of what digital lighting controls are capable of is critical, and having the visualization tools to share your ideas even more so.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
I was a synchronized swimmer for 6 years.
Do you have any unusual skills or talents?
A childhood of being a bookworm gave me super-speed reading. I went through the entire Lord of the Rings series in 3 days.