Gabler-Youngston is an award winning architectural lighting
design firm founded by Morgan Gabler and Jim Youngston.
Morgan and Jim have more than thirty years’ combined
professional experience in theatrical and architectural lighting design, contributing to over 300 architectural lighting projects in that time, and have worked as a team over the last eight years. Gabler-Youngston is the result of a shared vision for improved environments through creative lighting design and thorough documentation.
Lighting design studies the interactions of volume, materials, user needs, and illumination. A successful design responds to and reinforces architectural elements without overwhelming them.
As partners, Morgan and Jim respond to the needs of clients
through a collaborative process. We work with designers
and owners as our collaborators to create an aesthetically pleasing, practically functional design that is also
maintenance and budget friendly. Ours is an encompassing
approach interconnecting all the pieces of the architectural
puzzle, and resulting in a truly integrated design.
We love our work. Gabler-Youngston was founded so we could operate in a professional environment that supports our opinion that design is fun. We strive to bring better lighting to all projects as well designed environments create better places for people.
We continue to work toward our vision and we hope those of
like minds will be in contact soon.
Morgan Gabler - Principal
Prior to forming Gabler-Youngston, Morgan was a senior designer with the Lighting Design Group at Newcomb & Boyd in Atlanta and with Linda Cummings/Lighting Consultants in Houston. Her professional theatrical work includes past positions with the Alley Theatre in Houston, Theatre for the New City in New York and Theatre Project in Baltimore. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College with a double major in Theatrical Design and Spanish Literature.
Morgan is a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). She was president of the Georgia Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) in 2002-2003 and Regional Vice President for the Southern Region of the IESNA from 2007-2008. She also served on the Consultant Advisory Committee to GE Industrial from 2003-2007. She served as a Regional Coordinator for the IALD from 2007-2012.
Morgan presented the Lightfair Innovation Awards at Lightfair 2007. She has also seen her work published in numerous trade journals including recent articles on retail illumination and light pollution in Architectural Lighting and Professional Lighting Design magazines. Morgan has received six International Illumination Design Awards, an Edison Award of Merit and an Edison Award for Sustainable Design.
Jim Youngston - Principal
Prior to forming Gabler-Youngston, Jim was a senior designer with the Lighting Design Group at Newcomb & Boyd in Atlanta and with Bos Lighting Design in Houston. His past theatrical work includes serving as guest Lighting Designer for the Tamarind Theatre in Los Angeles, Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the West-Mon Repertory Theatre in Houston, lighting technician for the Wortham Theatre Center in Houston, and electrician and pyrotechnician for the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Technical Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jim is a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and Lighting Certified (LC) by the National Council for Qualifications for the Lighting Professional (NCQLP). He served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) from 2000-2007 and as Section President in 2004-2005. He served on the Membership Committee of the IALD from 2007-2009 and on the IALD Board of Directors as Membership Chair from 2010-2013.
Jim has been recognized with thirteen Sectional and International Illumination Design Awards and has seen his work and articles in a wide variety of publications such as Architectural Record, Professional Lighting Design, Mondo Arc, Metropolitan Home, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has received an Edison Award of Merit and an Edison Award for Sustainable Design. Jim has also spoken at various trade shows, professional society meetings, and at The Savannah College of Art and Design and The University of Colorado, Boulder, among others.
Meghan Smith - Senior Designer
Meghan joins Gabler-Youngston from CD+M Lighting Design Group in Atlanta and Atelier Ten in New Haven, Connecticutt. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons the New School for Design and her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.
Meghan is an Associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and a LEED AP BD+C Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council. She is also a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Dark Sky Association.
She has been recognized with an IES Award of Excellence for the Design of the Cushing Center at the Yale School of Medicine. And recognized with the IALD Emerging Design Professional Award in 2011. She has been published numerous times in Architectural Lighting magazine.