Matthew Fracassini, Senior Lighting Designer

Matt Fracassini MIES, LEED AP BD+C

Associate | Sustainability Leader

Matt Fracassini joined The Lighting Practice in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Lighting Design from The Pennsylvania State University. Matt’s focus is designing attractive, coherent, and energy-efficient lighting with advanced lighting control solutions. His project experience includes corporate, healthcare, laboratories, financial institutions, and higher education environments. In his role as Associate, he leads The Lighting Practice in sustainable design through thoughtful and imaginative approaches that transform the built environment and limits impact on the planet. Matt oversees the development and refinement of sustainability goals, establishes achievable sustainability metrics and processes as well as leading intra-office and client-facing opportunities for sustainability education.

Why did you become a lighting designer?
I was at a crossroads of whether to pursue architecture or engineering, and for me, lighting design occupied a sweet spot at the intersection of these pursuits.

What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
I took a Quantum Mechanics class in high school, and I was utterly fascinated by it. Especially the concepts of multiple dimensions & unobservable phenomena, and how such abstract concepts affect both our everyday life as well as our understanding of the universe.

What’s your “walkin’ down the street” theme song?
“A New Career in a New Town” by David Bowie

What 3 items would you take to a desert island other than food and water?
A Kindle, a knife, and a good pair of shoes.


Bachelor of Architectural Engineering – The Pennsylvania State University

Credentials & Affiliations

  • LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) - Associate Member
  • Emerging Professionals of Urban Green Council (USGBC) - Member
  • ACE Mentor Program - Mentor, Eastern Pennsylvania Affiliate (2017 - present)
  • ACE Mentor Program - Mentor, Greater New York City Affiliate (2013 - 2015)