Architectural Lighting Design (DESC9165)


This unit focuses on the development of lighting solutions for a variety of architectural and outdoor spaces. With an emphasis on the decision-making process, students explore strategies to create functional, aesthetically pleasing, cost-effective, and energy-conscious illuminated environments. This unit includes discussion of the standards, regulations, and building incentive programs that impact lighting design. Manual design calculation methods are included to determine relevant measures of light, energy, and money. Students learn to assess the visual tasks of a space, identify challenges and opportunities posed by the architecture, and consider client requirements when developing a lighting plan. This unit also addresses the aesthetics of lighting design and uses of light not associated with visual tasks. Layering light, creating ambiance, and enhancing other design elements of spaces are discussed. Techniques to highlight architectural features of buildings, divert attention from undesirable areas, and influence the movement of people throughout a space are also covered. The integration of technical knowledge and ability to critically evaluate unfamiliar lighting situations and technologies are emphasized.

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10 day intensive (9am-5pm)


4 assignments (4 x 25%)

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