The Lighting Practice

The Lighting Practice

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Helen Diemer, The Lighting Practice, Awarded Inaugural SMPS Philadelphia Honoring Legends Award

Darcy Veneziale
Apr 14, '16 3:28 PM EST
Helen K. Diemer, FIALD, LEED AP, President of The Lighting Practice
Helen K. Diemer, FIALD, LEED AP, President of The Lighting Practice

“A Legend is defined as an important person who is known for doing something extremely well.” – SMPS Philadelphia

Last evening, Wednesday, April 13, Helen K. Diemer was recognized for her leadership and support of The Lighting Practice’s marketing and business development efforts and SMPS Philadelphia. Helen was one of three nominees out of fifteen to be awarded the inaugural SMPS Philadelphia Honoring Legends Award.

The Honoring Legends Award recognizes an individual who has excelled in one or more of the 6 Domains of Practice for Professional Services Marketing: Marketing Research, Marketing Planning, Client and Business Development, Proposals, Promotional Activity, and Management.

The fifteen nominee submissions were anonymously judged by five SMPS Chapter Presidents from around the country. After reviewing Helen’s submission the judges felt she “clearly excels in the 6 Domains of Practice” and “appears to be the perfect example of an A/E/C Marketing & BD Legend”. They felt that Helen was “an example of true leadership.”

We are proud to have Helen as our President and to have the opportunity to work with and learn from her on a daily basis. By placing an emphasis on marketing Helen has created a culture within TLP that values marketing and business development. Helen’s leadership and ingenuity are major factors in how our firm has managed to not only remain profitable, but flourish. The Lighting Practice is now the largest Lighting Design Firm in the Tri-State area by number of staff and annual billings. Due to Helen’s leadership and guidance we continue to grow our market share and strengthen our relationships. 


We, at The Lighting Practice, are proud to have had the opportunity to know and collaborate with your firms on projects benefiting the Philadelphia area and beyond.

2016 SMPS Philadelphia Honoring Legends Award Winners
Helen K. Diemer, FIALD, LEED AP – The Lighting Practice
Nelson Shaffer – Pennoni
Tony DiLeonardo, CxA, LEED AP – Wick Fisher White

2016 SMPS Philadelphia Honoring Legends Award Nominees
David S. Lowdermilk, PE – WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Constantine (Dean) Doukakis, PE – Keast & Hood Co. Structural Engineers
Eric Fray, PE – Michael Baker International
Matthew C. Marquardt, PE – Urban Engineers
Matthew Koenig – BartonPartners Architects Planners, Inc.
Timothy H. Haahs, PE, AIA – Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Emanuel Kelly, FAIA – Kelly/Maiello, Inc.
Thomas W. Nason, II – Nason Construction, Inc.
David Kirk Harman – The Harman Group
Jan MacVaugh Kopple, CPSM – KOPPLE.aia
Betty Helms – Helms Consulting, Inc.
Bill Long – Canuso-Jordan


The Lighting Practice, a WBE/DBE certified firm, has been a leader in lighting design for over 26 years. TLP has collaborated on projects for public spaces, streetscapes, mixed-use, hospitality, retail, corporate, education, healthcare, and historic environments. Its team of talented lighting designers have created lighting strategies for a variety of notable projects throughout the US and abroad. The firm’s work includes Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts and City Hall, GlaxoSmithKline Headquarters, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Empire State Building Historic Lobby Restoration and Tower Lighting Replacement, Madison Square Garden Façade Lighting, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Horseshoe Baltimore Casino, DFW Airport Terminal A, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, IBN Battuta Mall (Dubai) and Nitesh Mall (Bangalore).