Stephen Horner Joins AMA Group as Principal, East Coast Lighting Design Services for ALD Lighting

AMA Group, an industry leading engineering firm dedicated to providing best-in-class design and implementation for a variety of project types nationwide, is pleased to announce that Stephen Horner has joined the team as Principal of the East Coast Lighting Design Business Unit, which is branded as ALD Lighting (a wholly owned division of AMA Group), in the New York City office. Stephen comes to ALD Lighting with over 20 years of experience in all-things-lighting thus his experience and talent will play a critical role in the growth of east coast lighting design in collaboration with our current west coast lighting design team.

A graduate of the Lighting Design Master of Arts programme at the Parsons’ School of Design (2002) Stephen moved to the U.S. in 1996 where he began his career in the lighting industry as a founding partner at Exterieur Vert Lighting, a fabricator of specification grade urban luminaires. As a lighting designer Stephen has since worked on award winning projects with internationally prestigious firms L’Observatoire International, Tillett Lighting Design, Leni Schwendinger’s Light Projects, One Lux Studio and MRD. Stephen has proven success at steering projects from ideation, through documentation, budgeting, construction, and completion. Skilled with confident management capability, Stephen is a capable and trustworthy professional, team leader with business development, operations and executive instinct.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stephen in New York City and have high expectations for him to expand the ALD Lighting brand on the eastern seaboard as well as throughout the firm,” said Arthur Metzler, Chief Executive Officer, AMA Group. “His welcoming style along with his extensive experience in leadership positions of multiple facets of the industry in such internationally prestigious firms will make him a great asset to AMA Group and ALD Lighting. I am very confident that Stephen will be integral to our continued growth and diversification.”

Horner’s varied project experiences include hospitality, retail, commercial, private residences, urban landscapes and civic master planning.

About AMA Group:

Founded in 2000, AMA Group partnered in 2019 with DC Capital Partners (www.dc capital, a private equity firm based in Alexandria, Virginia, specializing in investing in engineering services businesses, to assist with continued services and geographic growth.  AMA Group participates in a wide variety of projects across the commercial, residential and educational sectors however is considered an industry leader in the design of media, broadcast and production facilities, including sound stage campuses, having a portfolio of over 1000 such completed projects worldwide.  The firm’s website can be found at

About ALD Lighting:

ALD Lighting is a unique firm offering integrated design services which include both aesthetics and engineering which is almost always a critical path item having substantive impact on project cost and which requires definition while the architectural design is being developed.  ALD lighting design experience encompasses expertise in hospitality, creative offices, higher education, media, campuses, entertainment, gaming and theme park attractions. Similar to AMA Group, ALD focuses on building relationships with owners, developers, architects and project management firms for direct involvement on that wide variety of project types.  The results of partnering with ALD Lighting are the perfect balance of design, value and delivery.