David Seok Associate IALD

Lighting Designer

David joined The Lighting Practice in 2014. His background is in lighting design and architecture. Prior to joining TLP, he worked as a lighting designer for another Philadelphia area lighting design firm. David’s project work includes corporate, education, mixed-use developments, hospitality and entertainment environments. His passion for design and urban redevelopment have led him to volunteer with Community Design Collaborative and participate in DesignPhiladelphia’s Pearl Street Passage installation project. David also became an adjunct professor for the Drexel University Department of Architecture + Interiors teaching lighting design.

Why did you become a lighting designer?
I didn’t choose lighting design, it chose me. But really, it was an unexpected path that I stumbled across in my life journey. Call it fate, destiny, divine guidance, whatever you want. But once I found it, I enjoyed it very much and the idea of pursuing architecture as a career seemed to fade.

Where do you think the lighting industry will be in 10 years?
Up until now, lighting has been something that would mostly remain static. We can already see how intelligent lighting is getting. In 10 years, I believe that lighting will be much more deeply integrated into our lives, where it is not just a fixture overhead, but it will be part of our furniture, our clothes, our technology, and will react to our movements, our thoughts, our emotions.

If you could only specify one light source on every project for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Definitely LED. The technology continues to evolve, and compared to any other light source, it is much more flexible and efficient.

Who are your heroes (mentors) and why?
My mommy, for always sticking to her guns and pushing me to do my best.


Bachelor of Architecture – Drexel University

Credentials & Affiliations

  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) - Associate Member
  • Community Design Collaborative - Volunteer
  • DesignPhiladelphia - 2015 Pearl Street Passage
  • IES Fundamentals of Lighting - Instructor
  • Drexel University, Department of Architecture - Adjunct Professor