Jonathan Hoyle

Principal | Director of Philadelphia Office

Jonathan Hoyle joined The Lighting Practice in 2008 after completing his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design at the University of Illinois. He was promoted to Associate Principal in 2019, then Principal in 2022. He has been an integral part of TLP’s expansion to New York. During his tenure at TLP, Jon has experience with a variety of project types including corporate, education, exterior facades, historic interiors and exteriors, hospitality, public spaces, and a variety of transportation environments. This range helps create a unique perspective when designing a new project. He was recognized by Lighting Magazine for his leadership in lighting design as a 40under40 class of 2020.  Jon also served for four years as an adjunct professor in the Architecture Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  When not at work, he can often be found riding his bike through the city streets or along wooded trails.

Why did you become a lighting designer?
I like to work with the intangible. We only experience light when there are objects for it to fall on.

What is your favorite computer program? Why?
Of the ones, I use regularly, probably AGi. It is the closest thing we have to accurately model and determine the performance of light in a space.

What advice would you pass on to future lighting designers?
Don’t be afraid to bring design ideas to the table or to question those you have been given.

If you could only have one mode of transportation for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The real question is a road bike or mountain bike. I’m not sure I could choose though.


Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Arts in Theater & Geology – Bucknell University

Credentials & Affiliations

  • Drexel University, Department of Architecture - Adjunct Professor (2010-2014)
  • Metropolitan Railway Club of New York - Member (2019 - Present)