Architectural Lighting: Designing with Light and Space
by Herve Descottes and Cecilia E. RamosISBN 9781568989389
Publication date 5/1/2011
7 x 8.5 inches (17.8 x 21.6 cm), Paperback
144 pages, 177 color illustrations

Light is something like water—often taken for granted, and only noticed when it’s on short supply. But this shouldn’t be the case. Light does not just reveal built forms, but also creates the very atmosphere that is essential to our enjoyment of them. From the dimmest corners to the brightest hallways, light is inexorably linked to how we feel. To practice lighting design is to affect ethos, impart mood, and shift perception.

Architectural lighting is both a science and an art. Successful designers are hyper-attentive to aesthetic considerations and technical realities. Architectural Lightning: Designing with Light and Space expands the reader’s notion of lighting and applies it to shaping the built form, using examples that range from the Pantheon in Rome to the High Line in New York City. Author Herve Descottes, the founder of acclaimed lighting design firm L’Observatoire International, writes from his experience in the field, conveying knowledge that is both practical and captivating. Cecilia Ramos lives in and runs her design firm from Brooklyn, New York, and is a frequent collaborator with L’Observatoire International.