Material Light ::Light Material

Event Time

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 2:00pm to Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm


Rudolph Hall See map
180 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511

This symposium, convened by Michelle Addington, will challenge the increasing normalization of homogeneous environments through an exploration of the behavior of light and its interaction with human perception. The design disciplines have approached light through the design of lighting, i.e., light as determined by tangible artifacts that over-privileges planar materials. By assuming that lighting is the resultant of constituent properties and surfaces, this approach neglects the contingency of perception. Light, however, is both an instrumental means and a performative end and, as such, the most strategic use of materials would be as discretionary interventions at the micron scale to facilitate the movement of light. Light is at the nexus of the physical and the physiological, the material and the virtual, the formal and the phenomenal. How do we invert our normative approach and design what we see by designing what we can’t see?

Symposium registration

Friday, April 7

Afternoon Session, 2:00 pm

Michelle Addington, Yale University

Perceptual Light

Nasser Abulhasan, AGi Architects, Safat, Kuwait
Ana Dyson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Billie Faircloth, KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia, PA

Tess McNamara [Yale University]

Evening Session, 5:30 pm

Keynote Address
Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA, Tokyo, Japan
"Environment and Architecture"

Saturday, April 8

Morning Session, 9:30am

Material Light

Kasper Guldager Jensen, 3XN, Copenhagen, Denmark
Marilyn Andersen, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Martina Decker, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Dakota Cooley
[Yale University]

Walking Tour
Highlights of Yale Lighting Design

Mark Loeffler, Atelier Ten, New Haven, CT
Eero Puurunen, Yale University

Afternoon Session, 1:30pm

Physical Light

Sheila Kennedy, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Boston, MA
Richard Prum, Yale University
Michael Young, The Cooper Union, Brooklyn, NY

Misha Semenov [Yale University]

Performative Light

Jennifer Tipton, Yale University
James Carpenter, James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, NY
Maria Aiolova, Terreform ONE, New York, NY

Katherine Stege [Yale University]

Concluding Remarks
Deborah Berke, Yale University

This symposium is supported in part by the generosity of Gerald D. Hines, the Hines Interests Limited Partnership, and the Hines Fund for Research in Sustainable Architectural Design.

Although there is no charge for attendance, reservations are required prior to April 1, 2017. You may register online at or by phone at 203.432.8621.

The Yale School of Architecture is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned by attending this symposium will be reported to CES Records for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are available upon request.

Hastings Hall is equipped with assistive hearing devices for guests using hearing aids that have a “T” coil.

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