new york
lighting design


Partner / President

Robert Prouse received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a minor in Theatre. He worked for several years thereafter as a theatrical lighting designer and became a member of the United Scenic Artists and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. He then received his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he also did extensive course work in illuminating engineering.

Mr. Prouse has been a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) since 1977, where he has served on the Membership Committee, the Board of Directors, and as a judge for the Lighting Design Awards program. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). He has been “Lighting Certified” by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), and was the chair of their Body of Knowledge sub-committee.

He taught lighting design in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation of Columbia University for five years; in the Graduate Design Department of Pratt Institute for seven years; and was the Director of the MA and MFA degree programs in Lighting Design at the Parsons School of Design in New York City for seven years, and was a member of the faculty for twenty-seven years. He has served on panels for Light Fair, Designers’ Lighting Forum, Lighting World International, and the IESNA. He wrote the Lighting Chapter of the current edition of Architectural Graphic Standards.