George Sexton

George Sexton

Lighting and museum designer, George Sexton, was born in the late 1940s in New England. He began studying at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1966 and received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1971. Upon graduation, Sexton began his work in lighting design through his employment at Claude Engle, Lighting Consultant in Washington, DC. He continued his work in the field of lighting design by taking a position at the National Gallery of Art both designing and lighting exhibits. This early professional experience working in DC museums coupled with his modernist training as an architect have been the foundations of his approach to lighting and museum design. Further shaping experiences include working as Acting Keeper of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, England, as well as the Head of the Design and Installation Department for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco at both the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. In 1980, Sexton opened his own lighting and museum design firm, George Sexton Associates, based in Washington, DC, with satellite offices in Norwich, England and New York City.


National Association of Realtors Headquarters, Washington DC

—U.S. Green Building Council LEED Award, Silver Rating, 2005
—Citation for Sustainable Design Award – Committee on the Environment Boston Society of Architects/AIA and Committee on the Environment of the AIA New York Chapter (in collaboration with Gund Partnership), 2004

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

—International Illumination Design Awards – Waterbury Capital Section Award, 2005

Louis Vuitton—Roppongi Hills, Japan

— [ GE Edison Award of Merit, 2004]

Cleveland Museum of Art Building Restoration, Cleveland OH

— [ Cleveland Restoration Society and Preservation Resource Center of Northeastern Ohio - Technical Achievement in Preservation Award (in collaboration with Vitetta), 2003]
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX—IIDA Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellence, 2003
— [ IALD International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Merit, 2003]
— [ IIDA Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting Design, 2003]
—IIDA Capitol Section Illumination Design Award, 2003
—IIDA Capitol Section Illumination Design Award of Merit – International Level, 2003

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI

— [ IIDA Paul Waterbury Award of Excellence for Outdoor Lighting Design]
— [ GE Edison Award of Excellence, 2002]
—IIDA Capitol Section Illumination Design Award, 2002

[ Herz Jesu Kirche] (Heart of Jesus Church), Munich Germany

— [ IIDA Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting Design, 2002]
—IIDA Capitol Section Illumination Design Award, 2002
— [ IALD International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Merit, 2001]
— [ GE Edison Award of Excellence, 2000]
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Denver Art Museum, Denver CO

—IESNA International Illumination Design Award of Merit, 1999

Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum—McIntire Room, Wilmington DE

—IESNA Capital Section Illumination Design Award, 1998

Projects of Note

Museum of Modern Art in New York City

Hearst Tower New York

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
[ Herz Jesu Kirche] , a church in Munich, Germany

Louis Vuitton stores worldwide

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Denver Art Museum

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC
[ Parliament Houses in Canberra] , Australia

National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Australia

Metropolitan Museum of American Art: [ Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art in New York City]

External links

* [ George Sexton's website]
* [ George Sexton Associates website]

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