Member Spotlight - Q&A with Lisa Reed

July 28, 2021
Written by: CREW-St. Louis

Member Spotlight - Q&A with Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed
Founding Principal,
Envision Lighting Design

Member Spotlight – Q&A 
Lisa J. Reed is the Founding Principal of Envision Lighting Design. After establishing the company in 2011, Lisa built a team of dedicated employees. Their diverse experience bridges multiple disciplines, including architecture, engineering, energy management, theatrical design, teaching and more. They bring it all together under the umbrella of lighting design. Their collaborative enthusiasm is a great addition to any project team. 

Lisa has been active in the commercial design industry since 1993, first as an electrical engineer in Florida and Kansas, and later as an architectural lighting designer in California and St. Louis. Lighting is a niche that allows her to work on a broad spectrum of project types, including hospitality, multifamily, higher education, health care, retail, restaurants, museums, religious facilities, and millions of square feet of corporate office spaces. Lighting is a unique mix of art and science, and Lisa enjoys applying both technology and artistry in her work.

Q:    When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?

A:    My interest in architecture and design started in the sandbox. From the age of five, I was always building things and drawing and designing plans. Architecture school was a natural step for me, and I ultimately received an architectural engineering degree with an emphasis in lighting.

Q:    What are some of the things you love about your job?

A:    I love collaborating with clients about their dreams for their spaces. Lighting has a huge impact on how people experience space, and I enjoy making sure it’s a positive experience.

Q:    What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?

A:    I just joined CREW last month! It is an organization I have watched and admired from afar. For years, I didn’t feel like I had the bandwidth to join, but this year it felt like CREW was popping up everywhere, so I finally made space in my life for it. 

Q:    What was the first CREW event you attended and what were your impressions?

A:    I wasn’t a legitimate attendee, but I remember seeing a CREW event in my coworking space a couple of years ago. People were spilling out into the space and the networking that was happening was just so impressive, I knew then it was an organization I needed to join.

Q:    Please name a few of the projects you’ve been involved in, specifically in the St. Louis area that you are proud of. 

A:    Envision Lighting Design was the lighting designer for the new PwC Pennant Building and the Live! by Loews hotel at Ballpark Village. Be sure to check out the pennant lighting and the office lobby interior at night, but the piece de resistance is the Whiskey Bar in the hotel! Another project we are proud of is the Steven and Peter Sachs Museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Take time to visit the interior of that quiet little building next time you are in the garden!

Q:     What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?

  • IES: The Illuminating Engineering Society is the standard-setting organization for lighting (local board member, national committee member, national committee chairperson)
  • IALD: The International Association of Lighting Designers (professional member) 
  • WILD: Women in Lighting + Design is a US-based organization focused on the needs of women in our industry (chapter founder, national chapter representative)
  • WIL: Women in Lighting is an international organization focused on the needs of women in our industry (inaugural WIL Award winner in the Supporter category, 2021)
  • USGBC MO Gateway Chapter (local committee member)
  • SMPS: Society for Marketing Professional Services
  • RISE Collaborative Workspace

Q:    How has COVID-19 impacted you and your organization?

A:    Fortunately, our team was already set up for remote work. (Our first and second employees were long-distance.) However, COVID-19 showed us how to use the technology we already had in place to better connect with our remote team members. (Remember back when no one used video team calls? What?) Our corporate office and hospitality clients were hit very hard, but we anticipate a tidal wave of work in the near future, and we are ready for it!

Q:    What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?

A:    I was born in Missouri, but college and career have allowed me to live in Kansas, Florida and California before returning home to Missouri (17 years ago) to settle down. I seek adventure both personally and professionally, which is why I’ve completed a marathon, several triathlons and a hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite. My husband and I have two young adult children, and we enjoy riding bikes, top-down Jeep rides and Saturday morning farmer’s market visits.