Francesca, President and Principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, contributes insight, creativity, and commitment to sustainable design to her projects.  Throughout her career, she has collaborated with esteemed architects on award-winning national and international projects encompassing a wide range of types and styles.

Francesca’s project experience encompasses some of the world’s most iconic buildings.  She worked on one of the first LEED projects, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, as well as the world’s first LEED Platinum certified skyscrapers in both the USA and Europe – the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park (New York City) and Torre Iberdrola (Bilbao, Spain).  

She has been honored with over 85 lighting awards, including Lumen Awards of Excellence and Citations, A/L Magazine Outstanding Achievement Awards, Awards of Excellence and Citations, the Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction for Exterior Lighting, the GE Edison Award of Excellence, IALD Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit, and IES Illumination Awards.  

Francesca is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and has served on the Board of Managers and the Richard Kelly Scholarship Committee of the IES New York Section.  She is a Professional Member and former Secretary of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), and is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions.  She currently serves on Architectural Lighting Magazine’s Advisory Board.

She has been a keynote speaker at international lighting conferences:  Expo Lighting America (Mexico City) in 2011 and 2012, the Lighting Days event (Stockholm) in 2013, and LightFair International 2016 (San Diego).

A graduate of Barnard, Francesca studied at Parsons The New School for Design and the Open Atelier of Design, which she co-founded.  She has taught at Fashion Institute of Technology and at Parsons The New School for Design.