Faith E. Baum IALD, LC, IES, LEED AP ~ Principal


With over twenty-five years in architectural lighting design and several years as a theatrical lighting designer, Faith Baum brings a passion and understanding of light to her roles as principal and founder of Illumination Arts.


Faith has designed the lighting for a wide variety of projects, including The National Audubon Society Headquarters; Hoboken Ferry Terminal Clock Tower; Columbia University’s School of Social Work; Veterans Glass City Skyway in Toledo; and Congregation B’nai Israel in New Jersey. Her recent commissions include signature bridges across the country, interiors and exteriors of office towers and other structures, academic facilities, retail venues, and museum exhibits. Her work has been published in publications as varied as Bridge Design & Engineering magazine, LD+A, Mondo ARC and the Buffalo News. She has also volunteered her services for beautification projects in her hometown of Maplewood, New Jersey.


Excellent at explaining the ephemeral qualities of lighting design to a lay audience, Faith has been a speaker at industry conferences and public design charettes. She has conducted seminars, taught workshops and participated in panel discussions organized by the International Association of Lighting Designers, Urban Green Council (USGBC New York Chapter), NeoCon, the TRB Annual Conference, Busch Entertainment, the International Bridge Conference, the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York and the Designer’s Lighting Forum.


Faith holds the accreditation of Lighting Certified (LC) by The National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), the only nationally recognized certification program for architectural lighting designers. She is a LEED® Accredited Professional with the U. S. Green Building Council and a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the USGBC.  Faith served two terms on the Membership Committee of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and was a former Board Member of the Designers Lighting Forum of New York. As a member of the IALD Ethics Committee from 2000-2007, she participated in the rewriting of the organization’s ethics guidelines.


Faith was honored by NJBiz magazine as one of the 50 Best Women in Business in 2009. She has a B.A. from New York University and studied Theatrical Design at the Polakov Studio of Stage Design. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the Newark Regional Business Partnership and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Murray Center for Women in Technology. Faith is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Bridge Aesthetics Subcommittee and contributed to their Bridge Aesthetics Sourcebook.


Professional Affiliations:


International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) – Professional Member


Lighting Certified (LC) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP)


Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - LEED Accredited Professional


US Green Building Council (USGBC) - New Jersey Chapter


Designers Lighting Forum/New York (DLFNY)


Newark Regional Business Partnership (NRBP) - Board of Directors


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Murray Center for Women in Technology - Advisory Board Member


Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS)


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