The role of light in architecture has a long history. Light is a defining element in the creation of the built environment. A dynamic and ephemeral tool, it shapes the experience of architectural space like no other factor. "Designing with Light" explores how practitioners, historic and contemporary, have used light in architecture. Author and historian Mark Hertzberg will consider Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterful use of natural and artificial lighting at the SC Johnson Administration Building. Hervé Descottes, co-founder of the lighting design firm L’Observatoire International, New York City will discuss the importance of lighting in the public realm. Kulapat Yantrasast, founding partner and creative director at the L.A.-based design firm wHY, will share his experiences with light in designing museums and art galleries. 

Following the presentations participants will be joined by the Trust’s curator, David Bagnall, for a panel discussion and audience questions. 

This event is organized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which preserves and operates a network of historic Wright sites in the Chicago area including the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (1889/1898), The Rookery Light Court (1905-07), Unity Temple (1905-08), the Frederick C. Robie House (1908-10), and the Emil Bach House (1915). The mission of the Trust is to engage, educate and inspire the public through interpretation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design legacy and preservation of his original sites for future generations.

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