Mark Kurger CV


Principal and Proprietor of Mark D. Kruger Designs Light., Hamden, CT., a full-service lighting design firm specializing in high-end retail, restaurant, commercial, and residential projects.


  • Catholic University, Washington, D.C., Dept. of Architecture, guest lecturer and critic, 2007
  • Parsons School of Design, M.F.A. Architectural Lighting Program, teaching Theatre Lighting (PM-712) 1990-1992; Masters Studio (PM-718); 1988-1993; Lighting Controls & Applications (PM-708) 1987-1988; Professional Practices (MLTD-0308) 1993-1998; Studio III (MLTD-0313); 1994-1998; Studio II (MLTD-0702) 1999-2005.
  • Parsons School of Design, Continuing Education Dept., Lighting I (INTD-1185A) 1997-2000; Interior Lighting (INTD-4645) and Advanced Lighting for Interiors (INTD-4646); 2000-2003, Lighting for Interiors (INTD-1140/PCID-1140A) 2000-2010.
  • Universidad de Iberoamericana, Department of Architecture, Mexico City, D.F., guest lecturer and critic, 1999.
  • New York School of Interior Design, A./B.F.A. Programs teaching Lighting Fundamentals (283-A), 1993-1998; Advanced Lighting (383-A) 1994-1998.
  • Texas Christian University, Worth, Texas, Cecil & Ida Green Honors Professor, 1998.
  • State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology Interior Design Department teaching Lighting I, (I.D. 242) and Lighting II (I.D. 342), 1988-1992.
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of A., New York Section, Education Chairperson, Instructor for E.D.100, E.D.150 and Lighting Efficiency Training Course, 1990-1994.

Professional Experience:

Associate Lighting Designer (U.S.A. #829, N.Y.C.) to Thomas R. Skelton; Broadway Productions of “Status Quo Vadis,” “The Lincoln Mask,” “The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wilde,” “Purlie,” “The Waltz of the Torredors,” “Gigi”; off-Broadway production of “From Berlin to Broadway w/ Kurt Weill,” classical ballet for The Boston Ballet Co.,” Akron Chamber Ballet Co.” The Philadelpia Ballet Co.” modern dance, “Bejart Ballet Co.; Lighting Designer in Residence, Cincinnati’s “Playhouse in the Park,” Buffalo’s “Studio Arena Theater,” guest Designer, Lancaster, PA, “Fulton Theater.”

Arena-scale Lighting/Set Designer for “Barry Manilow Copacabana,” “KISS – Destroyer” national tours; Lighting/Set Designer for 2500-6000 seat, national/international indoor tours for Jeff Beck, Todd Rundgren’s “Utopia,” Hall & Oates, John McLaughlin’s “Mahavishnu Orchestra,” George Clinton & “The Parliament Funkadelics,” and many others.

Lighting. Environmental Interior Design and/or Special Effects design for world-class nightclubs/discos, including “Studio 54,” “Paradise Garage,” “Visage,” “The Palladium,” “Club Zanzibar,” “Emanuelles,” “Papillion,” and others.

Principal:      Wheel Gersztoff Friedman Shankar, Inc., N.Y.C., N.Y., 1990-1991.

Principal:      Kruger Associates Inc., New York, N.Y., 1978-2001.


Lighting Editor, Visual Merchandising & Store Design Magazine, Cincinnati, OH; author of numerous bimonthly “Lightwaves” column covering design and applications of lighting in the retail/display marketplace. 1993-1999. Feature writer for special projects including articles on retail in post-Soviet Russia, energy conservation, the evolution of signage in Times Square, custom decorative lighting in the retail environment, etc.  Contributing Editor/feature writer for Architectural Lighting Magazine, 1993-95.

Projects designed by Mark D. Kruger have appeared in scores of magazines and trade journals including Architectural Lighting, Interiors, Interior Design Magazine, Lighting Design + Applications (L.D.+A.), Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Identity Magazine, Eye Magazine, Lighting Dimensions, Theatre Crafts, Visual Merchandising & Store Design Magazine, and others since 1980.

Public Speaking:        

Featured Speaker, Lighting World Exposition, “Theatrical Techniques in Architectural Lighting”, Jacob Javits Center, N.Y.C., 1989; for Designers Lighting Forum of N.Y., “Selling That Idea,” Katie Murphy Theater, 1989 and “Decorative Luminaires – on the Packaging of Light,” 1990; Lightfair International, as panelist presenting “On the Specification of the Decorative Luminaire,” N.Y.C.,1990; U.S.I.T.T. Annual Conference, “Architectural Lighting Design,” Boston, Mass.,1991; Lightfair International, “The Artistry of Decorative Lighting,” N.Y.C.,1992; Urban Colloquium panelist “Light Up Miami,” Miami, Fl., 1992; U.S.I.T.T. Annual Conference, “Theatrical Techniques in Architectural Lighting,” Seattle, Wa.,1993; A.S.I.D. New Jersey Section, “Decorative Lighting in Residential Projects,” Totawa, N.J.,1993; Illuminating Engineering Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter, “Theatrical Techniques in Architectural Lighting,” Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1993; Lightfair International, keynote speaker, “New Product Showcase,” San Francisco, Ca., 1994; Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), “Energy Efficiency in Retail Lighting,” Scottsdale, Az.,1994; A.S.I.D. New Jersey Section, “Lighting Design Conceptualization and Implementation,” Tenafly, N.J., 1996; Lightfair International, “The Designers Forum” featured presenter, 1997, and line producer for The Retail Lighting Seminar Track, cosponsored by Visual Merchandising & Store Design Magazine and AMC Tradeshows.


Recipient of Illuminating Engineering Society of N.A. “Lumen” Citation, 1985; “Lumen” Award, 1989; “Lumen” Citation, 1989, and “Lumen” Citation, 1994; “Lumen” Award of Special Merit, 1995, Illuminating Engineering Society of N.A., I.I.D.A. “Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Merit,” 1990;  I.I.D.A. Electric Power Research Institute Award of Excellence, 1992;  I.I.D.A. Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellent, 1989; National Lighting Bureau National Lighting Award for Energy Efficiency, 1991.


Reader, Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., N.Y.C., reading and recording tapes for the visually handicapped, 1989-1992.

Founder, “Children with Aids Committee”, a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for pediatric AIDS victims, 1992-Current.

Other Interests:

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture licensed plant importer; devotee of chiropractic arts, an oft-published, exhibited and collected photographer; certified chef and baker; multi-media production; foreign languages.


  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, B.F.A., 1971
  • Studio & Forum of Stage Design, N.Y.C., 1972
  • Parsons School of Design, M.F.A. Architectural Lighting Program, M.F.A. Candidate, 1992 – 1994

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