Deborah Steimel-Clair is Primera’s go-to lighting designer. Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professionals, she sees lighting design as an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s daily lives. “Whether it’s improving schools, providing direction with wayfinding, reducing energy usage, or creating healthy lighting environments, I love working on projects that treat lighting as part of the whole aesthetic and not just an afterthought,” she explains. “It’s a chance to improve the built environment and have a positive impact on the natural environment.” Her expertise is the result of more than 15 years of experience performing lighting design, building systems design, engineering, project management, construction administration, and system studies for institutional, educational, commercial, residential, healthcare, museum and historical facilities as well as streetscape projects.
Deborah studied architectural engineering at Kansas State University where she received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After interning in Washington, DC, California and Kansas City, a desire to work in a big city coupled with her search for a firm with strong corporate values brought her to Primera. For the past 15 years, she has built a reputation for high-quality client service on lighting projects ranging from daylighting studies and lighting systems analysis to advanced lighting controls and aggressive LEED projects. Her diverse background allows her invaluable insight into how the lighting and power worlds work together in real-world applications.
Her creativity doesn’t just have a place in her professional life. When she’s not at work, she has plenty of hobbies to keep her busy. She enjoys crocheting, baking and doing art projects with her young daughter in addition to traveling, skiing, and going to the theater with her husband. She’s even able to turn that interest into an opportunity to give back by donating her time and skills as a theatrical lighting designer for local theater groups.