ARCHILLUME LIGHTING DESIGN, INC. was founded in 1985 by Charles K. Thompson, FAIA. Laura P. Thompson, PhD joined the firm as Principal and President in 2014. We provide lighting design services to architects, interior designers and owners. We have worked with a diverse Clientele on hundreds of projects. Through the design of lighting and lighting controls, the professional staff at ARCHILLUME, strives to enhance and add value to our projects. Great importance is placed on getting the details right with responsive, professional service and direct principal involvement.

Laura P. Thompson, PhD Principal & President  

Laura P. Thompson, PhD
Principal & President

Laura P. Thompson, PhD, Principal and President of ARCHILLUME, is a registered interior designer in the State of Texas and is National Council for Interior Design Qualification certified. She is an Associate member of the American Institue of Architects, International Association of Lighting Designers and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Laura integrates her professional practice, education and research to create unique lighting solutions that brings value to each project. She has given research presentations at national and international venues and publishes in a variety of scholarly venues related to her specializations.

Laura's creative activities include collage, photography and weaving. Her passions include travel, vegan cooking, PEZ collecting and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2010
Doctorate of Architecture

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 1999
Master of Fine Arts - Interior Design

Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, 1990
Bachelor of Interior Design


Charles Thompson, FAIA, IALD Principal & Vice President  

Charles Thompson, FAIA, IALD
Principal & Vice President

Charles Thompson, founder and Vice President of ARCHILLUME, is a Fellow in the AIA and an interior designer. He is a corporate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

He is one of the first lighting professionals to receive LIGHTING CERTIFICATION from the NCQLP. Thompson oversees every project and maintains a high level of involvement from beginning to end.

Being a principal of ARCHILLUME LIGHTING DESIGN, INC. since 1985, Charles has little recollection of what he did before then. Charles' passions include family, travel, photography and Harley-Davidsons.

University of Texas School of Architecture, 1981
Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors
Ranked 2nd in class of graduates
Selected by class to speak at graduation



LUX-ed provides comprehensive, hands-on, educational workshops for all aspects of architectural lighting design. Charles K. Thompson, FAIA, leads AIA-accredited workshops that are applicable to anyone involved in lighting design, specification and sales. Workshops are fast-paced and lighthearted in style with a focus on walk-away values such as lighting rules of thumb, ceiling plans and fixture spacing, the latest in LED technology, and cost and bidding strategies.