Julie joined SFIL in 2002 as the firm’s first official employee and was named Principal in 2013. Over the years, she has led teams to create award-winning lighting designs for academic institutions, hospitality projects, commercial clients, religious organizations, museums, and libraries earning the highly regarded IES Award of Excellence. She also helms many business development efforts and provides both graphic design and marketing support. Julie is continually seeking design inspiration and is particularly passionate about world travel and experiencing other cultural traditions while pushing the boundaries of comfort. “Travel has shaped who I am as a designer, taught me not to fear difference and to take risks. It has had a profound influence on my life and my role as a lighting designer.” Julie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and an Master’s Degree in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, where she served for 12 years as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Interior Design Department.