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About Lighting Design


Schuler Shook is committed to achieving the highest level of design and integration possible. We are open and creative design collaborators. We strive to understand the goals of the architect and the client, and we develop lighting design solutions that support both function and design at the highest level.

We are experienced in virtually every project type, including offices, healthcare, restaurants, hotels, casinos, museums, theatres, places of worship, parks, and exterior landscaping and facades. Our services include the following:

• Concept designs
• Daylighting analysis and daylight harvesting solutions
• Energy analysis and compliance
• Lighting layout drawings, schedules, and specifications
• Fixture mounting details
• Custom fixture design
• Renderings
• Lighting calculations
• Mock-ups and site tests
• Control system design, specification, and programming
• Supervision of fixture focusing and adjustment

We are experts in providing sustainable lighting solutions that do not compromise design creativity or lighting quality. We give strong consideration to maintenance, constructability, and budget. We maintain a sophisticated lighting lab to test potential solutions with full size mock-ups during the design process. Our approach has resulted in numerous award-winning projects that have been recognized by the AIA, IALD, IESNA, and other organizations.

Our lighting designs are compelling, innovative, and meticulously detailed and integrated. We enjoy the creative process.


Schuler Shook was founded in 1986 by partners Duane Schuler and Robert Shook. Our original offices in Chicago and Minneapolis were supplemented in 2001 with the addition of our Dallas office and in 2009 with the addition of our office in Melbourne, Australia. We have grown to over 35 full time employees, our consultants coming from backgrounds as diverse as architectural lighting, electrical engineering, theatrical lighting, and interior design.

We are committed to continuing education in all aspects of our practice, and in serving our profession by regularly presenting and attending local, national, and international educational opportunities. We are also deeply committed to sustainability, and many of our consultants maintain their standing as      LEED® Accredited Professionals.

Our work takes us to nearly every continent, and our projects range from intimate to epic. We enjoy challenges, we work hard, and we laugh a lot. We take pride in our work, and we value the relationships that we build as we create.

Millennium Park, Chicago
Millennium Park, Chicago

 "We are extremely pleased with the lighting that Schuler Shook designed for our new offices. They listened to our ideas and concerns and worked extremely well with our design team to develop a system that meets all of our needs. The end result was exactly what we were looking for. In fact, the new lighting has helped people notice our extensive artwork collection even though it has not changed."

Helen Carroll, Director of Facilities/Operation - Drinker Biddle LLP