George Sexton

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George S. Sexton, III is an internationally known American designer, specializing in the areas of lighting design,[1] museum design and museum planning services.


Sexton began studying at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1966, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1971. Upon graduation, Sexton began his work in architectural lighting design through his employment at Claude Engle, Lighting Consultant in Washington, DC. He continued his work in the field of lighting design by taking a position at the National Gallery of Art both designing and lighting exhibits. This early professional experience working in DC museums coupled with his modernist training as an architect have been the foundations of his approach to lighting and museum design. Further shaping experiences include working as Acting Keeper of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, England, as well as the Head of the Design and Installation Department for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco at both the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

In 1980, Sexton opened his own lighting and museum design firm, George Sexton Associates, based in Washington, DC, with satellite offices in Norwich, England and New York City.[2][3]

Projects of note[edit]

Sexton has provided design services for an array of international and domestic clients, including the following:

Museums and galleries

Public & Civic

Offices and mixed use


French Pavilion, International Expo 2010, Shanghai China

  • IIDA Section Guth Illumination Design Award, 2011

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston MA

  • IIDA Section Guth Illumination Design Award, 2011

22 Bateman's Row, London UK

  • RIBA London Building of the Year, 2010

1100 First Street NE, Washington DC

  • A|L Light & Architecture Commendable Achievement in Interior Lighting, 2010
  • E Edison Award of Excellence, 2009

Goucher College Athenaeum, Towson MD

  • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2009

Lumen United Reformed Church, London UK

  • IIDA Section Guth Illumination Design Award, 2009[4]
  • |L Light & Architecture Commendable Achievement in Architectural Lighting, 2009[5]

Star-Spangled Banner Exhibit, National Museum of American History, Washington DC[6]

  • IIDA Section Guth Illumination Design Award, 2009[7]
  • |L Light & Architecture Special Citation for Achievement in Exhibition Lighting, 2009[8]

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC[9]

  • IIDA Guth Illumination Design Award, 2008

National Association of Realtors Headquarters, Washington DC

  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Award, Silver Rating, 2005
  • Citation for Sustainable Design Award – Committee on the Environment Boston Society of Architects/AIA and Committee on the Environment of the AIA New York Chapter (in collaboration with Gund Partnership), 2004

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

  • International Illumination Design Awards – Waterbury Capital Section Award, 2005

Louis Vuitton, Roppongi Hills, Japan

  • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2004][10]

Cleveland Museum of Art Building Restoration, Cleveland OH

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI

Herz Jesu Kirche (Heart of Jesus Church), Munich Germany

Denver Art Museum, Denver CO

  • IESNA International Illumination Design Award of Merit, 1999

Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum—McIntire Room, Wilmington DE

  • IESNA Capital Section Illumination Design Award, 1998


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