How we see.
Lighting is both science and art. Lighting levels and direction can affect our well-being, productivity and safety. Most architectural lighting projects are completed by the manufacturers and electrical engineers with occasional input by architects and interior designers on the products' appearance. All projects would benefit from a dedicated lighting designer.
In 2006, I received the Richard Kelly Grant by the Illuminating Engineers Society of New York for an investigation into the ways a sighted person and a visually impaired person perceive and move through the same space. [The Project].
Richard Kelly was a lighting designer who worked with influential architects on important projects like Mies van der Rhohe's Seagram's Building and Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum. He understood how light can shape space and evoke emotion. It was Kelly's idea to use the yellow onyx in the Seagram Building to make it glow. Mies wanted it to be black...
The three tenets of Richard Kelly's approach to lighting design:
- Focal glow – a campfire
- Ambient luminescence – a snowy day
- Play of brilliants - sunlight on a rippling brook
Through the thoughtful use of these three elements we can not only create architectural beauty, but make it easier to see, make surroundings safe and reassuring, and stimulate the spirit. When Richard Kelly presented "LIGHTING AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF ARCHITECTURE" in 1952 he noted that "Nine out of ten of the artificial light sources, fixtures, and equipment specified and used today did not exist twenty-five years ago." What would he think about today's opportunities?
"To play with light is to play with magic-it demands (1) a trained eye to recognize real and relative values (2) experience and knowledge of the cultural and psychological effects of light on people (3) experience and knowledge of physical techniques."
theatrical lighting design
- Mikado, 2013; Director: Reid Harrison
- Patience, 2010; Director: Reid Harrison
- Dr. Faust(us), 2009; Director: Christopher Brauer
- Henry V, 2008; Director: Christopher Brauer
- The Gondoliers, 2007; Director: Reid Harrison
- King Lear, 2007 Christopher Brauer
- The Glass Menagerie, 2006 Director: Tom Stroud
- Winnipeg Folk Festival – Main Stage, 2004
- Princess Ida, 2004; Director: Glenn Harrison
- HMS Pinafore, 2003; Director: Donna Fletcher
- Iolanthe, 2002; Director: Glenn Harrison
JC ROBBINS ARCHITECTURE principal Jason Robbins trained in set and lighting design at the University of Winnipeg. Theatrical ighting design experience ranges from the small to the grand and includes working with Electrical Engineers and technicians to ensure all regulations are met. Contact JC ROBBINS ARCHITECTURE firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about architectural or theatrical lighitng design.