Kevin Houser, Professor, Architectural Engineering, Oregon State University
Bryan Steverson, Program Advisor, General Services Administration
Over the past decade, the discourse about lighting quality, so essential in the early days of solid state lighting, has given way to discourse about lighting and health, and Human-Centric Lighting (HCL). Despite much research that has engaged the biological sciences and to some degree the medical community, a clear definition of HCL has eluded most design practitioners; practical applications at scale are rare; actual benefits to building owners and occupants are unclear; and the need for more research remains paramount. Lighting and health in buildings has been very much in the center of the widespread trend towards “medicalizing” architecture, which is magnified and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The lighting industry needs direction on how to provide integrative lighting solutions that don’t focus on one aspect of HCL alone and that avoid overly complex, expensive or impractical solutions and integrate with common sense architectural design practice regarding daylighting and views. This panel discussion will present different perspectives on HCL and integrative lighting and help to outline goals and strategies for future design and product development for lighting the built environment.
Nancy Clanton, Founder and CEO, Clanton & Associates