There is an increasing understanding of the importance of good lighting design in urban areas, buildings, and interiors. Light is fundamental to architecture and essential for human well-being, and its quality affects human behavior, comfort, health, efficiency, safety, and security. The program is based on a new approach to light and light planning – a combination of visual, physical and biological-based experience and knowledge applied to design, technology and health.

Architectural Lighting Design at KTH

The program provides an in-depth understanding of the field of architectural lighting design through scientific-based knowledge and practical experience in the area of artificial light and daylight. The aim of the program is to teach the ability to apply advanced knowledge in this area, in both practical and academic situations.

The program uses innovative teaching and learning methods such as structured lectures and peer-review methods. Interactive sessions create a constructive learning environment in which understanding of the subject is built through the interaction of students and teachers via presentations and open discussions, tutoring, and workshops. The education mixes theory and practice and, for this reason, we perform full-scale studies, via prototypes and mock-ups, in order to trigger the first-hand experience of light within architecture. Furthermore, laboratory sessions allow in-depth understanding of physical and visual phenomena. A series of motivational lectures are offered throughout the program, where acclaimed international and national lighting designers, architects and researchers share their knowledge and expertise.

The students’ assessment is performed via a combination of individual and group work assignments.

The Lighting Laboratory organizes a series of events to interface the academy with companies and research institutions on specific topics, for instance, the seminar series Lighting Vision and the Digital Lighting. In 2018 KTH will host the Light Symposium, a two-day international event focused on light and health.

We carry out several research projects together with companies and other institutions where students are involved. Students from the ALD Master have been granted consistent national and international research funding and scholarships for the development of their thesis.

Career prospects

Lighting is an expanding field of knowledge. In recent years there has been a growing demand for lighting design expertise, as lighting designers understand the role of light and lighting in architecture, interior spaces and urban environment. They can add important value to a project by enhancing visual performance, energy efficiency, sustainability, safety, well-being, and health. There are plentiful job opportunities for architects, designers, and engineers with lighting design competence.

Graduates primarily work in lighting design or architectural studios or as self-employed consultants. Employers might also be construction companies, lighting manufacturers, and public or private operators. Students graduating from the Architectural Lighting Design master have also pursued a Ph.D. at KTH or in other national or international universities.

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Aug. 2019
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