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Career Profiles - Dictionary for Architects and Engineers


Lighting designer


What is a Lighting designer?

Lighting designers are concerned with the design effects of light in architectural buildings. They are usually commissioned by architects to incorporate lighting concepts into their design.


When is a lighting designer involved in construction?

Lighting designers are involved in construction projects with high design demands. Beyond the question of whether rooms are properly lit, the lighting designer is intensively concerned with the question: How does different light affect the users in the building and how is the architecture experienced as a result? In this role, the lighting designer can influence the selection and orientation of light sources or the zoning, opening and windowing of subspaces. In some cases, lighting designers can also be commissioned to deliberately stage rooms with light. This service is suitable, for example, for exhibition rooms or representative buildings of major brands.


What lighting designers are there?

The job title is not protected - architects, interior designers, electrical engineers or industrial designers can grow into this role through supplementary training. A deeper knowledge of both spatial design and lighting technology and its possibilities is essential. British architects Mark Major and Jonathan Speirs (†) have played a key role in the development of the "lighting designer" profession. The foundation named after the latter also organises one of the few training courses for young architects to become lighting designers.