Carrie Walker works full time as an architectural lighting designer for Smithgroup JJR in downtown Detroit. Her studio provides the lighting for universities, hospitals, multi-residential buildings, and museums. Prior to her current job she held a position as lighting deisnger at Illuminating Concepts in Farmington Hills, a company that brought her to Michigan from New York City in 2011. It was in New York that she received a masters of architectural lighting from the Parsons School for Design.
Her interest in lighting came from being a sculptor and trying to teach herself the technical side of light. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art of Baltimore, she moved to Boston and kept a studio, in which she began to build chandeliers. In 2003 she participated in a month-long artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center. It was there that she discovered that paper and light were a world unto themselves, in terms of what could be explored. Though she works in the realm of architectural lighting, she now has learned much about the technical side and also that she has much more work to do with paper and light.