Philosophy

We approach each new project setting as a canvas to paint with light and shadow that subtly, sensitively strengthen its underlying character and enhances the ease, versatility and emotional depth with which it can be enjoyed.

We bring a broad background in the arts, a commitment to collaboration and an adventurous spirit to the task of understanding the design ambitions of our clients and professional collaborators and ensuring their fullest expression. 

Our field is in the midst of a rapid and exhilarating expansion of the breadth and sophistication of technology available to achieve ever more subtle, efficient and emotionally resonant lighting effects. Our role in each project is to ensure that the best technical solutions are seamlessly, reliably and powerfully integrated into an artistic whole.

Services

  • Creation of lighting design that include fixture specifications, placement of lighting and switching equipment, supervision of fixture installation and final evening adjustments.
  • Selection of decorative fixtures and design of custom lighting fixtures.
  • Design lighting control system layouts including load schedules, keypad designs and programming guides.
  • Utilization of the latest in green technologies.
 

  • Staff

    Anna Kondolf

    Principal

    A second-generation lighting designer, Anna Kondolf leverages her broad experience in art, architecture, graphic design and landscape design to create custom lighting solutions for a wide range of residential, hospitality, commercial and civic projects. With over twenty-six years of experience in all aspects of the field, she blends aesthetic vision with technical expertise to create lighting that supports and enhances the design intent of each space.

    Raised outside of New York City she was exposed to a culture of design and art at an early age through her theatrical father and artistic mother. She pursued studies in art, art history, theater and architecture in her undergraduate schooling and went on to work in the field of architecture and study landscape design. While pursuing an MLA in Landscape Architecture from University of California, Berkeley she worked as an art director and illustrator for the California Coastal Commission and the California Coastal Conservancy. Anna was introduced to the field of lighting design through her mother who had collaborated with Richard Kelly, widely considered to be the father of lighting design. Her diverse grounding in the visual arts gives her a unique and holistic perspective on the design process and allows for close collaboration with architects, landscape architects, interior designers, electrical engineers and contractors.

    Anna is an adventurous and creative lighting designer following the many innovative trends in the field. She studies lighting design internationally across the full spectrum of the field’s concerns from problem solving energy efficiency to the emotional and psychological effects of light. With her experienced team, she provides a full array of lighting design services including lighting plans, fixture and switching specifications, custom fixture and decorative fixture sourcing and installation supervision.

    Areas of Expertise
    • High-end residential interiors and gardens, including conservation lighting for art and antiques and landscape lighting for outdoor events and entertaining and historic homes and gardens, including sourcing antique fixtures and designing custom fixtures to achieve an atmosphere consistent with their historic character.
    • Resorts, hotels, public gardens and golf courses, including pools, fountains, hotel rooms, dining rooms, lobbies and parking areas.
    • Commercial interiors and landscapes, including wineries, offices, restaurants and meeting and event spaces and religious and educational institutions, including environments for meditation and worship, classrooms and retreat facilities.
    • LEED certification, green building practices and energy efficient lighting technologies and techniques and computerized switching systems

    Kara Bradfield

    Associate Lighting Designer, LC

    Kara Bradfield is involved in all aspects of project management and the design process. Her projects include high-end residences, landscapes, restaurants, offices, wineries and resorts. She has been a lighting designer with Anna Kondolf Lighting Design since 2002.

    Kara’s areas of expertise include technical specifications, construction details and team coordination. She brings a thoughtful point of view on the use of light within a space, a commitment to ongoing education on emerging technologies, and a dedication to meeting the client’s needs to every project.

    Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and was a successful interior designer in the Bay Area prior to specializing in lighting design. She is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions.


    Kristin Harrison

    Assistant Lighting Designer, LC

    Kristin Harrison is an Assistant Lighting Designer at Anna Kondolf Lighting Design focusing on specifications, lighting calculations and lighting control design and programming.

    Previously, she spent more then five years working for a Bay Area electrical contractor as a Project & Lighting Coordinator and Electrical Estimator where she specialized in lighting specification and lighting control design for high-end residential projects.

    Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and has studied Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of Art University graduate program. She is certified by the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professions and is certified by Lutron in Homeworks QS and RadioRa 2 systems design.



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  • Collaborators

    Architects

    Alexander Jermyn Architecture
    Berkeley, CA

    Andrew Mann, Architecture
    San Francisco, CA

    Andrew Skurman Architects
    San Francisco, CA

    BAR Architects
    San Francisco, CA

    Cahill Studio
    Sonoma, CA

    Charlie Barnett Associates
    San Francisco, CA

    Dan Phipps Architects
    San Francisco, CA

    Hank Bruce Architects
    Tiburon, CA

    JSW|D Architects
    Berkeley, CA

    Ken Linsteadt Architects
    San Francisco, CA

    Leong Architects
    St. Helena, CA

    Lundberg Design
    San Francisco, CA

    Michael Rex Associates
    Sausalito, CA

    MWA Architects
    Truckee, CA

    Pfau Long Architecture
    San Francisco, CA

    Richard Beard Architects
    San Francisco, CA

    Richardson Architects
    Mill Valley, CA

    STRATAap
    Sonoma, CA

    Sutro Architects
    San Francisco, CA

    Sutton Suzuki Architects
    Mill Valley, CA

    Swatt | Miers Architects
    Emeryville, CA

    Trachtenberg Architects
    Berkeley, CA

    WA Design
    Berkeley, CA

    Walker Warner Architects
    San Francisco, CA

    Interior Designers

    Color Folio Design
    San Francisco, CA

    Fisher Weisman
    San Francisco, CA

    Heather Hilliard Design
    San Francisco, CA

    Jane Antonacci
    San Francisco, CA

    Kara Mann
    Chicago, IL

    Kristi Will Home + Design
    Half Moon Bay, CA

    ODADA
    San Francisco, CA

    Samantha Lyman Interior Design
    Ross, CA

    Sherry Williamson Interiors
    Mill Valley, CA

    Stone Interiors
    Mill Valley, CA

    Sudha Marsh
    Oakland, CA

    Tucker & Marks
    San Francisco, CA

    Landscape Architects

    Blasen Landscape Architecture
    San Anselmo, CA

    Cultivate Studio
    San Francisco, CA

    Daphne Edwards
    Berkeley, CA

    Imprints Landscape Architecture
    Muir Beach, CA

    Lutsko Associates
    San Francisco, CA

    Randy Thueme Design, Inc.
    San Francisco, CA

    Ron Herman Landscape Architect
    San Leandro, CA

    Scott Lewis, Landscape Architecture
    San Francisco, CA

    Surface Design, Inc
    San Francisco, CA

    Suzman & Cole Design Associates
    San Francisco, CA

    General Contractors

    Cove Construction
    San Anselmo, CA

    Faubel Construction
    Mill Valley, CA

    Jetton Construction
    San Francisco, CA

    Kerr Construction
    San Rafael, CA

    Lencioni Construction
    Redwood City, CA

    McCutcheon Construction, Inc
    Berkeley, CA

    Moroso Construction
    San Francisco, CA

    Plath & Company
    San Rafael, CA

    Rasmussen Construction
    San Francisco, CA

    Redhorse Construction
    San Rafael, CA

    Ryan Construction
    San Francisco, CA

    Van Acker Construction
    Mill Valley, CA

    Electrical Contractors

    Artistic Lighting
    San Rafael, CA

    King Electric
    Petaluma, CA

    Lori Katz Group
    San Francisco, CA

    Schulkamp Electric
    San Francisco, CA