MALD Architectural Lighting Design, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, New York

Master of Arts, Performance/Material Culture Studies, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.


Holly Ratafia designs lighting for commercial projects, most recently with The Producer’s Group, a provider of production and design services for destination attractions including integrated resorts, museums, casinos, and theme parks worldwide.  She also seeks to understand how the exterior built environment affects our perception.

  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • US Green Building Council, LEED Green Associate 
Holly Ratafia's Work
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And Then You Go On
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Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

  • Ace Mentor Program Mentor (2021- current)
  • Secretary, Illuminating Engineering Society, Lighting Science Color Committee Group (2020-Current).  Member (2016-current)
  • LALSB Los Angeles Lighting Speakers Bureau, Organizing committee (Current)
  • USGBC - LA Chapter, Member (2019-current)
  • Technical Chair, Rhode Island Green Building Council, US Green Building Council Regional Chapter (2008 – 2013)
  • Member, Architecture for Humanity, Boston, MA and Providence RI (2010 -2015)
  • Sustainable Living Festival, Apeiron Institute, Planning Committee, Providence, RI (2007 – 2008)


  • ‘Can color-mixed system technology improve lighting quality and energy efficiency?’  by Michael Royer and Holly Ratafia, July, 2021 LD+A Magazine.
  • "The Hunt Effect" by Michael Royer and Holly Ratafia, April, 2022 LD+A Magazine. Vol. 52 No. 4.


  • "An Introduction to the Lighting Field, a conversation" by Holly Ratafia, Michelle Murray, Elena Kushinskaya, Kristina Jajalla, Ho and Minah Yeo, online class lecture at LATTC, organized by Los Angeles Lighting Speakers Bureau, May 2023.
  • "Expanding the Pipeline of Talent" by Kate Furst, Eletrice Harris, and Holly Ratafia, at IALD Enlighten Americas 2022, September 2022.
  • "Specifiers Guide to TM-30" by Jess Baker and Holly Ratafia,  presentation for IESLA 

Clients/Employment History:  

  • The Producers Group, Glendale, CA, Lighting Designer, 2016 – 2023
  • Light Positive, Marblehead, MA, Lighting Designer, 2013
  • Adjunct Faculty, Boston Architectural College, School of Architecture, Boston MA, 2009-2013
  • Solutions Nexus, Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket, RI Lighting Designer, 2008
  • Visual Terrain, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Lighting Designer, 2006-2007
  • Brown University, Providence, RI, Theater Art and Performance Department, Production Coordinator (acting Production and Facilities Manager) 2000-2002