Bárbara Maranhão

Lighting Designer I

Bárbara Maranhão joined The Lighting Practice in 2019. She has built a unique background starting with her undergraduate degree in architecture from Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil and her Master of Science in Interior Architecture from Thomas Jefferson University. After running her own office as an architect and interior designer in Brazil, Bárbara worked for two interior design firms. She continued her interior design focus in Ireland before moving to the United States. While working for a New Jersey interior design firm, Bárbara realized her passion for lighting. She honed her lighting design skills at a Pennsylvania lighting design firm. Since joining TLP, Bárbara has worked on retail, healthcare, and corporate projects. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Where do you think the lighting industry will be in 10 years?
It will be deeply integrated to sustainability.

Who are your heroes and why?
My mother is my first. My mother is strong; she is my inspiration for life and the one who has taught me the importance of love. My sister has done so many things for me and has been strong and always protected me since we were little, even though she’s younger.

What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
History. I love learning about how people have lived in different parts of the world in different times and trying to have a better understanding about human’s feelings and way of life.

What song best describes you?
It’s a Brazilian song called Sala de Reboco, that says something like, “Every minute that I have will never be enough to dance with my love in the sala de recobo.”


Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Thomas Jefferson University

Bachelor of Architecture, Federal University of Pernambuco