Lya S. Osborn

Lya Shaffer Osborn is a multidisciplinary designer, writer, literary translator, and environmental justice advocate in Seattle, WA. Lya is a co-founder of, which works to make social advocacy resources accessible to the lighting community and beyond. She also serves as the North America Regional Director for Unolai Lighting Design, contributing to a diverse range of international projects and award-winning design efforts over the past nine years. Lya received a double MFA in Lighting Design and Interior Design from Parsons The New School for Design, where her thesis work challenged the industry norms and incentives which have traditionally defined a designer’s role in society, proposing alternate modes of directing design resources to historically disadvantaged populations. Lya is a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the International Dark Sky Association, and is Community Friendly Lighting Certified.