Pivotal Lighting Design Studio Leader
“I was hooked on lighting early in my interior design coursework. When introduced to how differently warm white vs. cool white lamps render color, I quickly realized that while I could develop designs and select a variety of finishes, if they weren’t lit well, it wasn’t worth the effort.”
Although lighting technology has changed significantly, this inspiration set a passion in motion that has endured throughout my career.
Widely recognized throughout the AEC community for her expansive industry knowledge, proven thought leadership, and innovative design contributions, Lauri leads AEI's in-house architectural studio, Pivotal Lighting Design. She collaborates with diverse design teams and AEC stakeholders on a broad range of public and private project engagements — across the healthcare, higher education, science and technology, and commercial office markets — guiding the concept development process to create architecturally integrated, sustainable building environments that illuminate the human experience.
With a background in interior design, Lauri is particularly passionate about the scientific connections between light and health and exploring the impacts of human-centric design on vital physiological functions. She has been published in LEUKOS, the official journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), for her collaborative research with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on tunable lighting systems in neonatal healthcare environments.
In addition to certifications from the National Council of Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED AP credentialing program, Lauri is a professional member of the International Associations of Lighting Designers (IALD) and an active IES contributor. Several of her projects have been honored with the IES Illumination Awards, including the Cincinnati Children’s Critical Care Building, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s Venice Hospital, and Promega Corporation’s Kornberg Center.