Judy Theodorson: Explorations in Light | Lighting

Judy Theodorson speaks at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the John A. Russell Building in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.

Theodorson is on the faculty of Interior Design in Washington State University’s newly formed School of Design + Construction. She seeks to facilitate conceptual and strategic linkages between building science and design — always mindful of the human condition and informed by paradigms for sustaining futures. Her teaching and creative scholarship explores multiple dimensions of light | lighting with emphasis on experimental observations and modelling. She has been honoured by IDEC in 2013 with a Creative Scholarship Award and in 2012 with a Teaching Excellence Award. Her students’ design work has achieved national recognition for sustainability, lighting, retail design, humanitarian design and housing design.

From 2004-2009, Theodorson served as clinical assistant professor at the WSU Spokane Interdisciplinary Design Institute, founding and directing the Betterbricks Daylighting and Integrated Design Lab (IDL). With the mission of market transformation, the IDL bridged the academy and practice to promote daylighting and high-performance building design. In collaboration with labs at University of Oregon, University of Washington, University of Idaho and Montana State University, the IDL engaged in consulting, applied research, and project based education. Theodorson’s research in the area of daylit interiors has earned distinction through national and international refereed publications and presentations.

Light is elemental to design. As a substance, light fills space, rendering visible the material world. As concept, light | lighting extends a message and offers an experience. As function, lighting provides for necessary visual activities. As biology, light impacts health and wellness. This lecture presents an organizing framework that contextualizes these multiple dimensions of light | lighting within design perspectives. Narrative, observation, and exploratory modelling offers methods to advance pedagogy and promote creative ideation.