Jules Horton, a member of an exclusive circle of designers who established architectural lighting as a profession, died at his home in New York this winter at the age of 87. A series of small strokes had confined him to a wheelchair since 2001. Although he passed away on February 23, his death was made public last week.
After earning degrees in structural engineering from Warsaw Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University, Horton opened Jules G. Horton Lighting Design in 1968, applying an auto-didactic nature to an embryonic field. For the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, opened in 1969, he overcame the then-under-recognized phenomenon of glare by lining roadways with fixtures that spread light away from the eyes of drivers. Inside the terminal, he alternated colored lighting to create a wayfinding system for travelers.