About Us

What we do:

Exhibition Lighting Design

Lighting is a powerful, integral element in communicating content messages and in guiding the visitors’ experience in exhibitions.  Be it pulsating synapses inside a brain, or the glow of Aurora Borealis in the Cretaceous Alaska, Christensen Lighting expertly creates beautiful exhibition lighting for memorable, impactful visual environments.

Architectural Lighting Design

More than illuminating buildings and interiors, architectural lighting accentuates forms, delineates spaces, improves function, and evokes a sense of place and time. Christensen Lighting meets architectural programming requirements by applying practical and innovative solutions for lighting design and energy efficiency, balancing the needs and uses of daylight, lighting calculations, energy efficiency and artificial lighting to achieve a coherent aesthetics.

Trade Show Lighting Design

Using theatrical lighting techniques, lighting helps clients highlight corporate identity, and create excitement, comfort and interests for the booths. With artistry, experience and management skills, Christensen Lighting successfully executes lighting projects at many large national trade conventions and events.

Interactive Lighting

Interactive lighting design is an art of combining lighting design with expert programming and state of the art control and user interface technology. Christensen Lighting uses cutting edge technology to further the art of lighting design and its applications in diverse fields of interactive experiences and communication.

Who we are:

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Donald G Christensen, Associate IALD, LC

Lighting Designer & Founder

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 design skills range 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.

Educational & Professional Memberships:

  • BFA, Theatrical Lighting Design, The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2002
  • Associate Member of The International Association of Lighting Design
  • Lighting Certified from NCQLP
  • Member of IES


  • 2009 IES Northesat Regional Award for The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
  • 2015 IES Northeast Regional Award for Your Brain exhibit at The Franklin Institute

Select Project Credits:

  • Wiess Energy Hall – Houston Museum of Natural Science, Paul Bernard Exhibits, in progress
  • Chester County Historical Society, Quatrefoil, in progress
  • Cut Lounge, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Waldo’s Designs, in progress
  • New York Aquarium, di Domenico + Partners LLP, in progress
  • Taramandal Cum Science Center, Darbhanga India, Chelsea West Architects, in progress
  • Guam & Chamorro Educational Facility, Group Delphi, in progress
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Spagnola & Associates, in progress
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science, Grand Hall Renovation, in progress
  • G & L Realty, Facade Lighting, RM Architectural and Engineering, in progress
  • Champions in Courage, Art Guild Inc, 2015
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science Pumphouse Office, 2015
  • University of Kentucky Stadium Renovation, Color Ad, 2015
  • SmartLiving Center Exhibits for UIL Holdings Corporation, Strada, 2015
  • Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, Colorado Springs, Paul Bernard Exhibits, 2015
  • JUMP Sculptures, Boise Idaho, Art Guild Inc, 2015
  • Private Residence, Columbia SC, 2015
  • Aquarium at the King Abdullah Financial District in Saudi Arabia, C7A, 2013
  • Caguas Science Center in Puerto Rico, LSC Experience Services, 2013
  • Konya Science Center in Turkey, LSC Experience Services, 2013
  • Your Brain, The Franklin Institute, 2013
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor’s Center, Splitrock Studios, 2013
  • JFK Presidential Library & Museum – The Cuban Missile Crises, JFK Library, 2013
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals at ASH & ASCO (trade shows), Access TCA, 2009-2013
  • Charles River Lab at SOT (trade show), Charles River Lab, 2009-2013
  • Celgene Interactive Pipeline at ASCO & ASH (trade shows), Access TCA, 2010-2013
  • Environmental Learning Center, Amaze Design, 2013
  • The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Amaze Design, 2012
  • Minute Man National Historical Park, Mystic Scenic & Main Street Design, 2012
  • SNHU Post Office & C-Store, Livermore Edwards, 2012
  • Bill Nye’s Climate Lab at the Chabot Science Center,  Amaze Design, 2011
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Visitors Center, Mystic Scenic & Main Street Design, 2011
  • Ray Touch Tank at New England Aquarium, The New England Aquarium, 2011
  • African Burial Ground Interpretive Center, Amaze Design, 2010
  • The Davis Bayou Visitor Center in Mississippi, Amaze Design, 2010
  • The Death Valley Visitors Center, Haley Sharpe Design, 2010
  • USS Wisconsin Intro Theater at Nauticus, Cortina Productions, 2010
  • Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at KAUST, MTE Studios, 2009
  • Rocky Mountain Visitor Center, Main Street Design, 2009
  • Astra Zeneca at ASCO (trade show), 4P, 2009
  • Bristol Myers Squibb at AACE (trade show), GES Exposition Services, 2009
  • Convatech at AACN, ABA, SAWC & WOCN (trade shows), GES Exposition Services, 2009
  • Connecticut Science Center, Jeff Kennedy Associates, 2009
  • The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial at the Franklin Institute, Verner Johnson, 2008
  • Bristol Myers Squibb at DDW (trade show), Exhibitgroup|Giltspur, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Travelers Claim University, ACT Associates, 2008
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Amaze Design, 2008
  • Plavix at ACC (trade show), Exhibitgroup|Giltspur, 2006-2008
  • IBM at SAP (trade show), George P. Johnson, 2004-2007
  • IBM at Super Computer (trade show), George P. Johnson, 2005-2007
  • Liberty Science Center Expansion and Renewal, Liberty Science Center, 2007
  • American Mountaineering Museum, Quatrefoil, 2007
  • Iowa Science Center, Jeff Kennedy Associates, 2006
  • IBM at FMI, RS and Linux World (trade shows), George P. Johnson, 2005
  • Crestor at AAPA & AANP (trade shows), Loran Association Inc., 2004