7:00 pm - 7:45 pm / 3 April 2014

Powerful Light: The Coruscant And The Transformative

Charles G. Stone

Galata Greek School | Istanbul


Observing and analyzing the good and the beautiful: this is the joyous inner life of a lighting designer. This talk will explore why we find some luminous environments so pleasing… and others not so. Some spaces delight by offering the coruscant – by glittering and sparkling. Other spaces inspire us as light creates wondrous transformation of the architecture, expanding spaces and creating volumes. The power of light to transform architecture and enrich the human experience is unmistakable.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn to analyze examples of architecture enhanced by the coruscant or by the transformative use of light.

2. Understand the key lighting parameters at work in different successful architectural spaces.

3. Consider the role of personal memory and cultural perspectives in our perception of successful and delightful luminous architectural spaces.


Charles G. Stone

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Charles G. Stone graduated from Princeton University in 1976. His early work in theater lighting soon led to a career in architectural lighting design. After briefly studying under Claude R. Engle III in Washington DC, he moved to New York City to work under Jules Fisher and Paul Marantz (FMS). Charles’s passion for design and tenacity to explore the unknown quickly proved advantageous. By the early 90s, Charles had led FMS into the international arena, lighting iconic projects from Sydney to Sao Paulo and Shanghai to Cape Town. Charles became the president of FMS in 1999.

Charles has designed award winning, well-known, projects such as Carnegie Hall, the Washington Monument, City-Garden, the American Museum of Natural History – Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hong Kong Airport. Charles is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition, he is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and is a past President and Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers.