Architects about light and lighting design
Joint cycle of lectures from MARCH
and Delta Light
Architecture does not exist without light, be it daylight or electric light; it is light that brings life into architecture and fills it with meaning and function.
"Millennia went by, each with its own architecture, but it was not until the 20th century that the invention of electric light shook its foundations far stronger than the familiar combination of steel, glass and concrete"
At some point lighting drifted into a purely utilitarian sphere and became equated to the design of the other engineering systems of a building. A clear line was drawn between the responsibility of the engineers in charge of the technical aspects of lighting and that of the architect creating an image of space.
Perhaps, this is the root cause of the architects' mistrust for lighting designers, who wed both the technical and aesthetic aspects of lighting in their profession.
Lighting Design is a relatively new profession that has incorporated all knowledge about light. Light and man, light and space, light and architecture all fall under the responsibility of the lighting designer. He helps bring out architecture and retain its functional purpose. It also studies man’s psychological, biological, and psychological perception of light. Delving deep into this narrow field, the lighting designer becomes a specialist with a unique set of knowledge and skills going far beyond the boundaries of "conventional" lighting design.
Can the lighting designer become the architect’s partner and ally in producing a project?
Do architects have any fears or prejudices about working with lighting designers?
What guarantees success to a partnership between the architect and lighting designer?
How do the architect and lighting designer organize their work on a project?
Is there any obvious benefit for the architect from bringing a lighting designer into the project?
Can the architect do without the lighting designer’s services in the future once he/she has tried them?
Douglas Haskell Architecture critic
ModeratorNatalia MarkevichLighting designer
Curator of the Lighting Design course at the Moscow Architecture School (MARCH).
Author of lectures and workshops on lighting design.
Speaker at the Urban Forum, SIYUM, Office Next.