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. From 2017 to 2018, David taught as 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.


Bachelor of Architecture – Drexel University

Credentials & Affiliations

  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) - Associate 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 - 2018)
  • DesignPhiladelphia - 2015 Pearl Street Passage