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Winter 2010
Boston Architectural College Mockup - Click for larger photoLRC DesignWorks Provides Lighting Design for Boston Architectural College

As a subcontractor to the Institute for Human Center Design (IHCD), LRC DesignWorks provided the universal lighting design scheme for a 5000 sq ft area to be added to Boston Architectural College (BAC), as well as the design for the front façade.

The space had been the former home to the Boston Police Department Division 16, a local landmark, and was transformed into a design center and public event space.
LRC DesignWorks coordinated closely with the IHCD to integrate the lighting plan with proposed structural renovations, as well as considerations for energy and operating costs, technical feasibility, and the impact of light on human health and well-being. The team was asked to:
  • Accent prominent exterior features with minimal intrusion to the structure
  • Provide a strong visual statement when guests enter lobby
  • Uniformly backlight translucent solid surface features in lobby
  • Create dynamic environment for students, faculty, visual and musical artists, and spectators,
  • Use minimal energy and modest budget

The proposed lighting design supports a “universal” spatial design and creates an inviting, dramatic, working space for the college as well as a public event space. The lighting techniques employed contrast sustainable, energy-efficient technologies with the historic nature of Boston’s Back Bay. Features include layered lighting for zero-threshold entry and interior gathering and exhibit space lighting that facilitates passage from one level to another, clearly defines stairways, allows people to enjoy exhibits, and includes luminous vertical panels, desk and columns with color-changing ability. Learn more about LRC's DesignWorks.

About the Lighting Research Center

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. The LRC offers the world's premier graduate education in lighting, including one- and two-year master's programs and a Ph.D. program. Since 1988 the LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. The LRC also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers, and other lighting professionals. Visit

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