David Seok Associate IALD

Project Manager

David joined The Lighting Practice in 2014. In 2019 he was promoted to project manager and relocated to The Lighting Practice’s New York office. 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 2015 Pearl Street Passage installation project. Beginning in 2017, David has taught as an adjunct professor for the Drexel University Department of Architecture + Interiors teaching lighting design.

Why did you become a lighting designer?
In architecture school, I was in awe of Tadao Ando’s Church of Light and how he was able to use light in such an elegant way to create a powerful, impactful space.

What is your favorite aspect of light?
I love watching people’s faces light up (sorry…) when they experience lighting in the public realm, like façade lighting and art installations.

What is your personal mission statement?
Work hard, no matter what you’re doing.

Where is your favorite place to get pizza?
Joe’s Pizza in Little Neck, Queens, across the street from my elementary school, P.S. 221.


Bachelor of Architecture – Drexel University

Credentials & Affiliations

  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) - Associate Member
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - NYC Section Member
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York - Affiliate Member
  • The Architectural League NY - Member
  • Community Design Collaborative - Volunteer
  • IES Fundamentals of Lighting - Instructor (2016 - 2018)
  • Drexel University, Department of Architecture - Adjunct Professor (2017 - 2019)
  • DesignPhiladelphia - 2015 Pearl Street Passage