Stephen, a Founder and Principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and has also completed studies at Parsons The New School for Design.  His award-winning work exemplifies his ability to respond creatively to the architect’s design intent, providing energy- and cost-efficient solutions while maintaining a project’s overall design integrity.

In the course of his career, Stephen has met the challenges of a range of projects and developed a complete understanding of building types, architectural styles and uses of space.  He has led CBBLD’s lighting design team in successful projects for high-profile clients, nation-wide and around the world.  His portfolio includes numerous LEED projects, including the first law office interiors to achieve LEED certification.

His innovative designs have been recognized with over 30 prestigious awards including the Lumen Award, Lumen Citation, IALD Award of Excellence, IALD Citation, GE Edison Award, the Architectural Lighting Magazine Outstanding Achievement Award, and multiple IES Illumination Awards.  He was the first recipient of the Illuminating Engineering Society New York Section’s Brilliance Award, for his contribution to the New York City lighting community.

Stephen is a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). He is currently on the  Richard Kelly Grant’s Board of Directors. In the past, he has served as Treasurer for the IALD and also as a member of the IALD’s Board of Directors. He was instrumental in establishing the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City, having served on the Center’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee and on its Advisory Council.  

He has been a keynote speaker at the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center’s annual “Industry-Academia Days” Conference.  He is on the advisory board for the graduate lighting program at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID). Stephen is active in the education of emerging lighting designers:  he was a judge for 2019 IESNYC Student Lighting Competition: Light & Culture and was a key organizer of the Center for Architecture’s Richard Kelly exhibit.  In addition, he speaks frequently for AIA Continuing Education Systems (CES) courses and has taught at Parsons The New School for Design, where he is a regular guest critic for the Masters’ program.