David A. Mintz, FIALD, FIESNA, LC, is the founder and principal of The Mintz Lighting Group Inc. He is a founder and Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers, served on the Board of Directors and was the first Chair of the College of Fellows of that organization. He is a Fellow Emeritus of the Illuminating Engineering Society/North America and also served on the Board of Fellows. He was Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions.
Mr. Mintz has lectured at the Columbia University School of Architecture, the Cooper Union, the City University of New York and the Department of Architecture at the University of Nebraska School of Environmental Development.
His work includes some of the most recognized projects in the United States, including the relighting of the Sears Tower in Chicago, IL, the Leonard P. Zakim Bridge in Boston, MA and the relighting of both the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Mr. Mintz earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, (Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh in 1955. He served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958 when he was transferred to the State Department to become the resident lighting designer for the US Theater at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. At the New York World's Fair (1964-65) he was the Associate Producer and Lighting Designer for the AT&T Pavilion. He was also a technical consultant to Clariol Inc., for which he invented the "Haircolor Prevuer," the highlight of the Clairol Pavilion at the Fair. In 1975, Mr. Mintz was cited by Engineering News Record at their "Construction Man of the Year" dinner. The citation recognized the creative, open-minded approach to problem solving that characterized his work.
As the exclusive lighting designer for The May Department Stores Company for more than thirty years and as lighting consultant for numerous projects for Federated Department Stores, Montgomery Ward, Eaton's of Canada and Au Printemps of France, Mr. Mintz was responsible for the lighting design of more than 85 million sq.ft. of retail space.
Although well known for his retail work, David Mintz also developed an unparalleled portfolio of signature bridge projects. The most recently completed is the award-winning Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston. The project has fast become a landmark due in part to its distinctive lighting scheme. Christopher Menn, the bridge's designer, said: "the first time I saw the Bunker Hill Bridge at night... I was absolutely overwhelmed by the fantastic illumination." Mr. Menn likened the bridge's lighting design to "an excellent artistic performance" and lauded Mr. Mintz for his "important contribution to the spectacular appearance of the bridge."