Light and Space

AIADO 2003
Faculty: Terry Surjan and Adrienne Brown

Lighting is a powerful tool for creating space. As a material in architectural design, light is an ephemeral medium that can be both shaped and manipulated. Light can impart a spirit of place to both buildings and installations.

This studio course prepares students to use light creatively through projects involving principles of light, natural and artificial lighting techniques, color and light, light sources, the lighting design process, and the control and measurement of light. The work of the studio is focused around the creation of lighting installations that define or transform architecture and interior architecture.

This course communicates the study of light from two different approaches: the study of artists and architects that utilize light in their projects, and the creation of projects that employ light as a medium. Projects start at the scale of the city, capturing light through the lens of a camera. Then the projects move to the scale of the room, where students create filters to manipulate light in their personal spaces. Finally, light is studied at the scale of the model, where light can be altered in a highly controlled environment.

Over the course of the semester, projects are done both manually and digitally. Each project is highly influenced by the precedents set by the artists and architects studied through lecture format. Architects and artists studied include James Turrell, Doug Wheeler, Louis Kahn, and Steven Holl.