Thomas C. Bergeron MIES, USITT

Associate Principal | Director of New York Office

Tom Bergeron joined The Lighting Practice in 2019 as Director of TLP’s New York team.  He previously worked as an Associate Principal for another prominent New York City lighting design firm.  Tom’s career in lighting design has afforded him the opportunity to work on a wide variety of project types throughout North America, Middle East, and Asia.  He has designed lighting solutions for corporate, exhibit and museum, government, retail, exterior site, and building façades as well as daylighting design integration and master planning.  In 2019, as part of the 40under40 awards, he was recognized by Lighting Magazine for his leadership in lighting design.

Notable Projects:

  • New Public Lobby at MoMA in New York, NY **
  • Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Ontario **
  • Ohio Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus, OH **
  • Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock, AR **
  • Princeton University’s 20 Washington Road in Princeton, NJ **
  • Retail lighting for Gucci and Michael Kors Stores (multiple locations) **

** All projects listed were completed while working with Tillotson Design Associates

What’s your favorite aspect of light?
I love the power of light, how it is everywhere in almost all aspects of our lives. Its power to change our emotions with and without us realizing.

What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is the constant collaboration, working with other designers to push and explore what lighting can do. Collaboration and shared experiences are truly inspiring.

What is your favorite thing about working in New York?
The ease to collaborate with the creative and design teams, with the added bonus I can sometimes bike from client to project.

If you had everyone over to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
This is New York City so let be realistic, they might not all fit in my house. I would prepare a delicious meat lovers pizza.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Lighting, NYU Tisch School of Arts

Credentials & Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor - Pratt Institute, 2019
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) - Member
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - Member
  • IESNYC Brandston Grant Judge, 2011
  • Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), DINING BY DESIGN NYU Student Installation, 2008
  • Lincoln Center Festival, Assistant to David Meschter, 2006