From natural to artificial light sources and everything in between, architecture and lighting work as one to realize effective design.
The art and science of illumination can make or break a space. We’ve all experienced a multitude of bad lighting causalities: the romantic restaurant that’s a little too bright; the classroom with the harsh light; the under-lit workspace.
As a critical design factor, good lighting goes far beyond utility. The right lighting can spark creativity; encourage community development and interpersonal interaction; and create varying moods. It can also contribute to wellness and productivity; celebrate brand; and kindle delight and pride of place. Quite simply, an interior environment won’t realize its full potential without the skillful and artful application of light.
But the technology of lighting has evolved more in the past five years than in the last five decades, dramatically increasing the cost of lighting—the fixtures, controls, installation, and operation. The rise of LEDs and the development of sophisticated software-based control systems has changed architectural lighting forever, providing new, creative ways to light our spaces and develop energy efficient strategies. And across the U.S., increasingly strict energy codes now—or soon will—mandate advanced control systems that substantially impact project budgets.
More than ever, an expert approach to lighting is critical.
Whether natural or artificial, lighting is fundamental to project design and should be part of the design process from the beginning. Interiors are meant to be lit; architecture and lighting working as one. IA understands this and expertly executes this strategy through its distinctive integrated design approach. For each project, IA design teams seamlessly thread together multidisciplinary expertise to integrate all aspects of project design in detail from start to finish—including lighting. It is the firm’s mission to explore alternate design solutions, and cultivate the best possible lighting design and interior environment for each client.
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