Anne Rainbow Savage AIA, IES


Anne Savage joined The Lighting Practice in 2022 as an Associate. She holds a Master of Science in Public Policy & Management and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Anne also received a Certificate in Integrated Lighting Design from University of Washington in Seattle. She is an award-winning lighting designer and project manager with over 20 years of experience in lighting and architecture. Anne has a rigorous approach to design that enhances the experiential quality of lighting in the built environment–balanced by its functionality–for a seamless integration of lighting into the architectural context. She believes that collaboration is essential to success, and works closely with clients to provide quality design and creative solutions for every project type, size, budget and schedule. Anne is a registered Architect in Washington, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

What’s your favorite aspect of light?
Light is entirely about perception – there are no absolutes – lightness/darkness is always relative to its context, the surrounding environment. This aspect of lighting can be challenging to communicate (to architects, clients, etc.), but exhilarating to experience.

What advice would you pass on to future lighting designers?
Play with luminaire samples and do mock ups!! It’s absolutely the best way to understand how light behaves in space and interacts with materials.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A few things: I row/scull (which can be unexpected as it’s a tall person’s sport), and I got married at a traditional (Hindu) wedding ceremony in India.


Bachelor of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Public Policy & Management, focus in Sustainable Development - Carnegie Mellon University

Certificate of Integrated Lighting Design - University of Washington

Credentials & Affiliations

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Member
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES0 - Member