2024 40 Under 40: Tzu-Hao Kuo, 33

Lighting Designer, BR+A; MFA Lighting Design, Parson’s School of Design

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 13, 2024

Having earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Tamkang University and garnered several years of experience in architectural design in his home country, Kuo left for the United States at age 28. After earning his master’s degree, Kuo joined BR+A, where he has brought an innovative and dedicated approach to his role. He has contributed to critical projects, including the Residences at Sterlington by Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, OSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Mass Bay Community College Health Science Center. Outside of BR+A, Kuo has shared his expertise at industry events such as LEDucation and LightFair and his presentations have been published on the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association website. As a board member at the Designers Lighting Forum of New York, Kuo orchestrates lighting design tours, showcasing award-winning projects in the city. His expertise extends to lighting design software, where the development team of LightStanza expressed keen interest in partnering with BR+A and Kuo for an in-depth evaluation. Kuo’s hands-on involvement during construction and effective communication throughout the design phase is one of the keys to his success and has led to his recognition by the Illuminating Engineering Society in LD+A Magazine. His comprehensive knowledge of lighting, adept software skills and interpersonal abilities also contribute to his success. Colleagues commend Kuo for his ability to collaborate seamlessly within global teams, navigate cultural sensitivities and resolve professional challenges, proving invaluable in project completion. Kuo maintains strong connections with family and friends in Taiwan outside his professional commitments, prioritizing annual visits. Committed to a healthy lifestyle, he enjoys dancing, bouldering and quality time with friends.