Rebecca Mintz Assoc. IALD, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, LC
Rebecca Mintz joined The Lighting Practice in 2021 as an Associate. With an A.B. from Brown University and an MFA in Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design, Rebecca has over a decade of designing successful lighting solutions for a variety of sectors including corporate, healthcare, science & technology, and senior living. Rebecca’s passion for lighting design started after becoming active in theatre at a young age. After college, she transitioned from theatrical lighting to architectural lighting and the rest is history. In 2019, Rebecca was recognized by Lighting Magazine as one of the 40under40 lighting professionals for her leadership in design. Rebecca is an adjunct faculty member at NYSID and Parsons.
What is the best thing about your job?
Lighting design is both creative and technical, so it stimulates both sides of my brain. It also is collaborative and allows me to interact with all different types of people and learn new things every day. Lighting design is also a business, so I get to think about strategy and efficiency. In short, lighting design combines everything I love into a single career.
What advice would you pass on to future lighting designers?
Pay attention to the world around you! Notice the way light interacts with surfaces. Look at successful and unsuccessful lighting installations. Build your own application image library in your mind. Because software can’t accurately model how light will behave in the real world, the only way to understand it is to observe the existing environment.
If you could only have one mode of transportation for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My feet. Walking allows you to notice the world in a different way than faster modes of transportation.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Leonardo da Vinci. I’d really like to know how his brain worked and how he was able excel in so many different areas. I’d also like to know what it was like to live during the Renaissance.