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Ron Neal, IALD, IES

Founder and Studio Director

Ron became fascinated with light while studying Interior Design and Architecture at Woodbury University. He has over 30 years of experience as a design professional. Ron has designed lighting systems for diverse collection of environments including: luxury residences, restaurants, hotels, resorts, corporate centers museums, theaters, art galleries, healthcare facilities, sporting facilities, retail, schools, historic restoration and public landscapes. He also has estimating and project management experience in commercial electrical contracting. Ron’s father, Tom Neal, founded Neal Electric, one of California’s largest, most successful electrical contracting companies. While working at Neal Electric, Ron was responsible for a wide range of large-scale projects. He prides himself on having a key understanding of the important relationship between design and construction. His ability to manage a project from its inception through the final punch list ensures the successful completion of even the most developed and technical lighting design concepts. Ron remains passionate about architecture and interior design and their dynamic relationship with light and is excited about the continued growth and value of the architectural lighting design profession.


Lighting Design Associations:
Ron is a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and Illuminating Engineers Society of North America (IES). He has served on the board of the San Diego chapter of the IES. Ron also provides lighting education services to the San Diego design community and has lectured at the San Diego campus of the New School, Architecture and The Design Institute and IESsimin


Ron graduated from Woodbury University in 1986 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design with a minor in Architecture History.

“Light is a powerful substance. We have a primal connection to it. But for something so powerful situations for its felt presence are fragile. I like to work with it so you can feel the presence of light inhabiting the space”

– James Turrell

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