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Architects and Lighting Designers: A Collaborative Synergy

Jun 11, 2024 | Architect, Lighting Designer

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There’s a special synergy that occurs when a lighting designer works with an architect. At the project’s onset, the architect lays the foundation, defining the space’s purpose, style, and structure. At this early stage, a lighting designer is often brought aboard to ensure that lighting is an essential element in the design process. One can see how a lighting designer with a degree in architecture who knows every facet of lighting design would be a great asset.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Gerald Olesker, the founder and CEO of ADG Lighting, is just that great asset. Gerald received his degree in architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. Gerald understands and speaks “architect,” which is crucial when the architect communicates the project’s vision to the lighting designer.

As the project evolves, the role of the lighting designer becomes increasingly significant. They work closely with the architect to select lighting that enhances architectural details and meets the practical needs of future occupants. Whether choosing the correct color temperatures to complement interior finishes or integrating advanced lighting controls for energy efficiency, every decision is made collectively to support the architect’s vision.

It’s no secret that Gerald is the go-to lighting designer for A-list architects. He has collaborated with Homer Oatman, William Hefner, and Richard Landry, just to mention a few. 

Communication is critical in any phase of the process. Architects and lighting designers frequently engage in discussions, using 3D models and simulations to visualize how different lighting schemes affect the space. This repetitive process helps refine ideas and ensures that lighting and architectural elements are in perfect harmony. 

The relationship between architects and lighting designers is built on excellence, knowledge, and respect. By integrating their skills seamlessly, they create spaces that are not only visually appealing but also inherently functional. This interplay of light and structure ultimately defines the success of their collaborative efforts, proving that great architecture truly shines when properly lit.

Now, when you add a lighting designer who knows a great deal about architecture, you can see how Gerald’s skills make a difference. Regardless of the project and goal, the result is always amazing.

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