Our purpose
Our purpose



Jim Youngston, co-founder of Gabler-Youngston, discovered his talent in the lighting industry in stage theater and production. After working with various theater and architectural lighting design organizations, Jim set out to create a company based around his expert vision and core values for lighting design.

The driving principle for Jim is that lighting should be seamless with the rest of a facility and complement its design. A user in a space shouldn’t notice the lighting specifically unless there’s a reason to do so. While architectural lighting design is certainly an artistic endeavor, Jim believes that lighting designers should approach their projects practically, humbly, and collaboratively.

Because of his approach to design, Jim has a talent for finding bespoke approaches that might be otherwise overlooked.

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.

He 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.

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