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  • Alex Pappas

    Part-Time Faculty


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Alex Pappas


    Alex is one of two founding Partners at Sighte Studio, an architectural lighting design practice based in Brooklyn, NY.  Alex leads Sighte Studio’s efforts in designing lighting for public spaces, landscapes, and infrastructure projects.  She has collaborated with renowned architects and landscape architects including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Michael van Valkenburgh Associates, and Maya Lin Studio.  Prior to launching Sighte Studio, she spent several years as a Senior Associate, managing the design team at Linnaea Tillett Lighting Design Associates where she was the lead designer and project manager for award winning public work including Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania and St Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary, Alberta.

    Alex teaches Graduate Lighting Studio 1 in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.  She has also been a guest lecturer and invited critic at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning and at the University of Virginia Department of Architecture.  Alex holds a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Parsons and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design and Technology from the University of Miami.

    Degrees Held

    Master of Fine Arts, Architectural Lighting Design. Parsons, The New School for Design, New York, NY.

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theater Design and Technology.  University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

    Professional Affiliation

    International Association of Lighting Designers, Associate Member

    Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Member

    Designers Light Forum New York, Member

    Performances and Appearances

    Spotlight on Human Resources.  Women in Lighting + Design (WILD) sponsored panel hosted at iGuzzini Showroom in New York City.  April, 2017.

    'A Lighting Designer, Electrical Contractor, and Systems Integrator Walk Onto A Job Site..." as part of CEU panels available at LEDucation 11.  March, 2017.


    Research Interests

    Urban Policy, Equity in Design, Public Space, Urban Planning, Design Standards, Lighting Design, The City at Night

    Awards And Honors

    Honorable Mention, Innovation by Design Award, Spaces, Places, Cities. St. Patrick's Island Park, Calgary, Canada. 2016

    IES Award of Merit.  Grace Church Brooklyn. 2015

    IES Award of Merit.  Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania. 2015

    ASLA Honor Award.  Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania. 2014

    Merit Award, The Society for College and University Planning. Shoemaker Green, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 2014

    Urban Design Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter. St. Patrick's Island, Calgary, Canada. 2014

    IES Award of Merit.  ‘Any Angled Light’ Bear Canyon Arroyo Bridge. 2013

    Current Courses

    Studio 1: Light, Vision & Rep

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