In many cases, the role of daylighting is typically introduced by architect, but sounds like you as a lighting designer work with that in concert, too. Can you expand on that?
Lighting designers are the lighting support for the architect and the whole team. On top of that, we enjoy educating people, and doing things that no one else had done before, or exploring and researching a topic where we think we can make improvements. Designing is an art, and yet, some patterns don’t change. The sun will rise in the East and set in the West; it’s a predictive, wonderful thing. So, it’s a matter of seeing of how our architecture can influence the quality of the daylighting coming in 365 days a year. It’s a balance. I ask people, “What kind of luminances from the outside world make you want to close your blinds? How bright is bright?” Nature is not bright at all. Trees are not bright, they’re about 200 candela/m2. A deep blue, clear sky won’t even get to 1000 candela/m2. And yet, light reflecting off a concrete building could be 50,000 candela/m2, and it could be hundreds of thousands if direct light’s hitting a window, reflecting back into your building. I call it the sunglass effect, at what point is it so bright that you want to put your sunglasses on? And once we get these values, let’s do predictive models, and balance natural and electric lighting.