Light-Manipulating Materials: Create, Build, Inspire

Light-Manipulating Materials: Create, Build, Inspire

1.0 hour CEU, AIA & IDCEC HSW credit


Light-manipulating materials use internal channels to capture, bend, scatter, and redirect light and create visually stunning spaces. Panels and slabs in resin, glass, and terrazzo create an experiential surface for privacy screens or signage, primary or accent lighting, countertops or flooring—anywhere the interplay of light and shadow is desired for beauty and inspiration. This course describes the different types of light-manipulating materials and substrates as well as the design and installation options for a wide range of dynamic, unique applications.

Learning Objectives

  1. Compare and contrast light-filtering, light-emitting, and interactive light-manipulating materials in terms of how they capture, bend, and redirect light from ambient sources with no power needed or with energy-efficient LEDs.
  2. Explain how materials maximize light while reducing glare, extend light deeper into and distribute it within a space, provide privacy without seclusion, and operate as energy-efficient primary or accent lighting.
  3. Discuss the performance attributes of resin, glass, and terrazzo substrates and their available design options including sizes, surface finishes, lighting solutions, color, shapes and graphics.
  4. Describe application examples and mounting options for secure installation.
  5. Integrate designer/architect feedback regarding how these materials enrich the experience of a space through various case studies.