186

We are an architectural lighting design firm in Denver, Colorado, with a portfolio of lighting design projects that range from mountain retreats, art collector’s estates, city lofts and high-end commercial spaces. Whether we are lighting a single painting or an entire residence, our designs complement the art, architecture and interior design of every project. Although the majority of our projects are residences in the mountain resort communities of Aspen and Vail,186 has completed projects across the continent from Long Island, St. Lucia, Montana and Maui.

At 186, we value open communication and collaboration with all construction trades during each project. Our design philosophy is to adapt our style to each individual project. As lighting technologies rapidly evolve, we are in the position to continuously adapt our design process to increase energy efficiency without sacrificing beauty or performance.

Since our inception in 2001, 186 has designed lighting systems for exclusive residences in every region of North America. Our work can regularly be seen in local and national magazines including Architectural Digest, Modern in Denver, Dwell, Timber Frame Homes, Luxury Living, Luxe, Architecture and Design of the West, Ski Magazine and Aspen Magazine.

TEAM

 
Gregg Mackell   Gregg has 28 years of experience as a lighting designer and is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). Gregg has a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He founded 186 Group in 2001, after 10 years of experience with both large-scale commercial work and residential lighting design. Gregg’s passion is designing high-end residential lighting and has over 1,000 projects on his resume.  As the driving force for all of our design elements, Gregg’s philosophy of balance, layering, hidden lighting and small apertures interspersed with a few unique experimental design elements have led to innovative residential lighting designs.

Gregg Mackell

Gregg has 28 years of experience as a lighting designer and is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). Gregg has a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

He founded 186 Group in 2001, after 10 years of experience with both large-scale commercial work and residential lighting design. Gregg’s passion is designing high-end residential lighting and has over 1,000 projects on his resume.

As the driving force for all of our design elements, Gregg’s philosophy of balance, layering, hidden lighting and small apertures interspersed with a few unique experimental design elements have led to innovative residential lighting designs.

Sarah Bello   Sarah B. graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design here in Colorado and earned her Masters in Architectural Lighting Design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York. After experience with electrical distribution as a specifier and quotes manager, she joined the 186 team in 2013. She has since managed many high end residential and commercial projects in Aspen, Denver, California, and Texas.  As a student of both interior design and lighting, she understands the big impact that lighting design has on the interior and architectural environment. Sarah continues to look to the future for the new influences on lighting design.

Sarah Bello

Sarah B. graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design here in Colorado and earned her Masters in Architectural Lighting Design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York. After experience with electrical distribution as a specifier and quotes manager, she joined the 186 team in 2013. She has since managed many high end residential and commercial projects in Aspen, Denver, California, and Texas.

As a student of both interior design and lighting, she understands the big impact that lighting design has on the interior and architectural environment. Sarah continues to look to the future for the new influences on lighting design.

Sara Nicole Sullivan   Sara S. has a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She joined the 186 team in 2014. Previous experience includes 2 years of engineering achievements working on the lighting design for large-scale commercial projects. Accomplishments include Best Student Design at the 2012 Brilliance Awards, and an IES Merit award for the lighting design at T-Mobile Arena in 2017.  Sara has a passion for executing intuitive and enchanting lighting concepts through efficient design, calculated decision-making, and effective collaboration

Sara Nicole Sullivan

Sara S. has a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She joined the 186 team in 2014. Previous experience includes 2 years of engineering achievements working on the lighting design for large-scale commercial projects. Accomplishments include Best Student Design at the 2012 Brilliance Awards, and an IES Merit award for the lighting design at T-Mobile Arena in 2017.

Sara has a passion for executing intuitive and enchanting lighting concepts through efficient design, calculated decision-making, and effective collaboration