Hartranft Lighting Design Acquires Gilmore Lighting Design

October 27, 2023

Hartranft Lighting Design Acquires Gilmore Lighting Design
Hartranft Lighting Design is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Gilmore Lighting Design, a firm that will help expand our client reach, capabilities, and resources.

Additionally, Gilmore Lighting Design founder, Debra Gilmore joins our team as Design and Business Development Collaborator. Robert Smith assumes his role as Senior Lighting Designer with Hartranft.

Debra Gilmore is an award-winning lighting design industry leader with a career spanning four decades. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design, launched her professional career in New York City, and founded Gilmore Lighting Design in 1997. Debra has an extensive and diverse portfolio, spanning several market segments.

Notable projects include:

Exelon Headquarters, Baltimore, MD
At-Turaif Living Museum – UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saudi Arabia
Washington Fish Market, The Wharf, Washington, DC
NIH Porter Neuroscience Research Building II

Robert Smith earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Environments from Virginia Commonwealth University. He then served as Administrative Director for the Department of Interior Design. In 2018, Rob shifted his focus to the practice of lighting design when he joined Gilmore Lighting Design. We are excited to welcome him to HLD where his strong design and technical expertise will be put to good use.    

Said Andrea Hartranft,  “We are excited to bring our two firms together. Our shared passion for lighting and synergistic approaches to the design process makes for a natural fit. Furthermore, we’re enthusiastic about the contributions Debra and Rob will bring to support HLD’s capabilities and future growth.”

Andrea Hartranft, 


Hartranft Lighting Design believes everyone should have access to and benefit from quality light in their environments. With more than 150 years’ collective experience and 2,000+ projects informing our approach to responsible lighting design solutions, and applies specialized expertise to help architects, developers, and owners realize their vision of commercial, institutional, and mixed-use spaces. Hartranft Lighting Design is a woman-owned business (WBE) with offices in Charlotte, Boston, New York, and Washington, DC.

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