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About Us

Prism Lighting Design is based in Portland Maine, and has been providing a variety of interior and exterior architectural lighting design and consulting services, with projects including residential, hospitality, retail and commercial applications.

We collaborate closely with our clients to fully understand their needs and aspirations during the early stages of a project. We provide lighting analysis, detailed specifications, dimming load schedules, custom fixture design, and mock up reviews. The result is a curated experience of space that is on par with the clients’ desires.

Maxime O’Rourke, Principal

Maxime O’Rourke is the Principal Lighting Designer and founding member of Prism Lighting Design. Maxime is a member of IESNA, Illumination Engineers Society of North America. She is also a member of the IALD, International Association of Lighting Designers.

Maxime started Prism Lighting Design in 2020, shortly before moving to Portland Maine. After some research she realized there were not many architectural lighting designers in the area. Before moving to the East Coast, Maxime worked as a Lighting Designer for BG Buildingworks, an MEP engineering firm with a Lighting Design branch in Denver, Colorado. At this firm, she was working on a Four Season’s hotel renovation, a five-star hotel in Big Sky Montana, and several other residential and hospitality projects, all over the country.

Previous to working at BG Buildingworks, Maxime began her lighting design career when she accepted a job offer by Bouyea & Associates, a reputable Architectural Lighting Design firm with offices in Connecticut and Colorado. There, Maxime worked as a Junior Lighting Designer to some of the worlds most revered Senior Lighting Designers. Due to the high caliber of the projects she worked on, Maxime was able to learn an immense amount in a relatively short, 4 years.

Previous to this, Maxime began her design career in Landscape Architecture in 2012, working on high end residential designs in Nantucket, Massachusetts, for Jardins International. There one of her many design tasks was to create lighting layouts for landscapes.  Maxime began to dive into the complex world of lighting, lighting controls and specifications.

Maxime studied Fine Art at UMass Amherst, and graduated with her BA in 2012. Maxime’s thesis work was recognized with the “Best-In-Show” award. She continues to create abstract paintings in her free time.

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