Paul is the founder and president of Focus Lighting. He has spent more than twenty-five years revealing and highlighting architecture by “painting pictures with light.” The primary goal is to ensure that when a patron enters a showroom, hotel, or restaurant, the initial impact is as stunning and memorable as the moment the curtain rises on a Broadway stage. Some of his projects include the 100th Anniversary of the Times Square Ball, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and Crystals at City Center in Las Vegas. Paul has received several Lumen, IALD, Waterbury, and ASID Awards. His projects have been featured in Architectural Record, Interior Design, Metropolis, Hospitality Design, Mondo Arc, Frame Magazine, and the New York Times.
Brett joined Focus Lighting in 1996. As a principal designer at Focus Lighting, he approaches each project with the philosophy that lighting should do more than just help you see - lighting should make you feel. His goal has been to blend architecture and light in unique ways that create memorable experiences. Brett has collaborated with world-renowned design professionals on projects such as Atmosphere Restaurant on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Bourbon Steak in Scottsdale (2010 Lumen Award), and the Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Museum (2013 AL Design Award and GE Edison Award), among many others. He has been honored with multiple lighting design awards, and has given talks at HD Expo, the National Arts Club, and the IES’s International Lighting Journey.
Michael is one of Focus Lighting’s principal designers. Since coming to Focus Lighting in 1997, Michael has built a large portfolio of dramatic spaces that are meticulously sculpted with light. Michael has overseen the design for projects such as Bobby Flay’s Gato Restaurant in New York, the Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea, the Semiramis Hotel in Greece (2005 Lumen Award), Yotel in New York (2012 IALD and Lumen Award), Shigeru Ban’s Metal Shutter House in New York, Sushi Samba in London, the Frye Flagship Store in New York, and several high-end residences in Manhattan. Michael’s projects have won multiple Lumen and IALD Awards and have been featured in publications such as Architectural Record, Interior Design, and Hospitality Design.
Kenny is a principal at Focus Lighting and head of project management. Prior to joining focus in 2006, Kenny enjoyed eight years as a freelance theatrical lighting designer. He has been the project manager for the Royalton Hotel Lobby (2009 Lumen Award), Bourbon Steak (2010 Lumen Award), “Science Storms” at the Museum of Science and Industry (2011 Lumen Award, IES Guth Award), Yotel (2012 Lumen Award), and the Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Museum. Kenny is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a NCQLP Lighting Certified (LC) professional.
Christine joined Focus Lighting in 2001 after having designed the lighting for a wide variety of theater projects in New York City. As a senior designer Christine has designed a diverse set of projects including Yotel (2012 IALD Award, Lumen Award), Mohegan Casino (2009 Lumen Award), the 101st anniversary of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball, the Film Society at Lincoln Center, Cooper Square Hotel, and several residences in Manhattan and Las Vegas.
Hilary joined Focus Lighting in 2008 after working as an associate lighting designer on Broadway shows and in the Guggenheim Museum’s lighting department. At Focus, she worked on the Dinosaur Hall at the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County (2012 Cooper Source Award), Aureole, the Hurricane Club, the Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico, the Atmosphere Restaurant in Dubai, and Bocuse Restaurant in Hyde Park, New York. Current projects include the Viceroy Hotel Snowmass expansion, the Park Central Hotel renovation in midtown Manhattan, and several residences in New York.
Joshua came to Focus Lighting in 2005 equipped with years of experience in scenic design, theatrical lighting, and concert lighting. Joshua’s varied projects include Science Storms at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (2011 Lumen Award, GE Edison Award, IALD Award, 2010 AL Award), Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, LIV Nightclub at the Fontainebleau, Bouchon Bakery in New York, Bill’s Bar and Burger at Rockefeller Center, Dream Hotel in New York, the Starbucks Times Square Flagship store, and several private residences.
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Juan Pablo joined Focus Lighting in 2003 after working in Chile as an architect and lighting designer. He’s worked on a range of projects including the Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico, the Dinosaur Hall at the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County (2012 Cooper Source Award), FAO Schwarz in New York (2005 Lumen Award), and the Semiramis Hotel in Athens Greece (2005 Lumen Award). JP’s current projects include the Taipei Pop Music Center, the restoration of the Beverly Hills Hotel, and several residences in New York.
Kelly designed lighting for numerous downtown theater and dance projects prior to joining Focus Lighting in 2002. Since then Kelly has worked on projects of all types and scales, from the Atlantis Resort and Water Park in Dubai to a Community Center in DeLisle, MI (built to revitalize a town that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina). She has executed the lighting design for Bourbon Steak in Arizona (2010 Lumen Award), the exterior of the Atlantis Resort in Dubai, NeueHouse in New York, HMF at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, and LEED-certified Knoll furniture showrooms around the country.
Stephanie spent several years as a theatrical lighting designer in New York City before joining Focus Lighting in 2005. Among the many projects Stephanie has worked on are the Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (2013 GE Edison Award, 2013 AL Light & Architecture Design Award), Crystals Retail Center at City Center in Las Vegas, the ALabs at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban in NYC, and the Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico.