The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Horton, FIALD, CLD, founding principal at HLB Lighting Design, at the annual LightFair tradeshow and conference in October. In IALD’s 52-year history, this marks the eighth time an IALD member has received the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to an IALD lighting designer whose body of work over their lifetime supports lighting design while raising the profile of the profession and is extraordinary and worthy of special honor.

As an IALD member since 1982, Barbara has served as a leader and mentor in the lighting design profession over the last 40 years. During her tenure, HLB grew to 15 Principals/Owners, with over 90 team members located in seven offices across North America, serving clients world-wide. She has guided the firm through a successful ownership transition, its first acquisition, and created a culture of design excellence with a focus on the business of design.

She has been working side-by-side with firm leadership and now-CEO Carrie Hawley for the past year-and-a-half in preparation for her recent retirement and the continued legacy of HLB.