MFA Lighting Design Graduate, Lydia Simpson ’23, Wins IESNYC Thesis Award

Congratulations to 2023 Thesis Award Recipient, Lydia Simpson ’23!


Lydia Simpson is a recent graduate of the Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program. She received a BFA in Design and Technology for Theater from the University of North Georgia and worked as a Lighting Designer in Atlanta before attending Parsons. Lydia combines her lifelong love for lighting, color, art, and healthcare to inspire and grow her lighting practice and commitment to creating healthy lighting solutions. Lydia has recently joined the Lighting Design team at Mazzetti.

Lydia’s thesis, titled “Shining a Light on Migraines: The Effects of Spectral Power Distribution on Migraine-Related Photophobia,” delves into the profound impact of lighting on individuals suffering from migraines. Simpson’s research investigates the relationship between spectral power distribution (SPD) and migraine-related photophobia, aiming to identify lighting solutions that can alleviate discomfort and enhance the well-being of migraine sufferers. Through meticulous experimentation and analysis, Simpson explores various colors and spectrums to determine the most comfortable lighting conditions for individuals with migraines.

Simpson conveyed her gratitude, saying, “This award feels like a significant boost to my career. It is an honor to share my research and contribute to shaping how lighting can impact our health. I am proud of myself for accomplishing what I set out to do and being recognized for it on a broader scale than I expected.”

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