Associate IALD, LC

Christensen Lighting Design

Owner and Lighting Designer

Since 2002, Donald Christensen has brought his modern sensibility and theatrical lighting design techniques into museum exhibition, architectural, and trade-show designs. Reaching into his theatrical training, Donald relies on collaboration as the key to creating successful projects, working closely with designers, manufacturers, and fabricators to take design concepts to fruition.

Donald’s spectrum of skills ranges from lighting renderings, calculations, energy studies, project management, and advanced lighting control and programming. He has designed lighting for numerous exhibits, museums, trade show booths, object theaters, interiors, and special lighting effects in projects domestic and abroad.

In 2002, Donald worked as an intern for Ken Billington, an internationally renowned lighting designer famed for his Tony Award winning stage creations. From 2002 to 2013, Donald worked at the lighting design firm Available Light, rising through the ranks from an assistant lighting designer to a Senior Associate. In 2013, Donald created Christensen Lighting to further his creative visions.

Donald has a BFA in Theatrical Lighting Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is an Associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).  He also is Lighting Certified (LC) from the NCQLP.


"Designing Lighting for Exhibits"


The program will explore different styles of Exhibition Lighting Design; from Art Museums, Science Centers and Natural History Museums. The program will reference museum lighting design guidelines from the new I.E.S. Museum lighting handout. The program will

also compare exhibit lighting design strategies internationally, lighting design metrics, advanced control system designs and the collaborative process of exhibit lighting.