Lighting Design I


Birgit Walter, José María Deza, Walter Valli and Iván Bravo.

Duration // Timetable

15th to 19th July 2019 (25 hours) // From 4 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. (the schedule could be altered in order to adapt to the showrooms)


520 €. The tuition for students enrolling both Lighting I + Lighting II is 900 €. Bold members of Elisava Alumni will enjoy a 15% reduction.





The Summer School course brings students to the current lighting technologies and complements their training from an aesthetic and technical aspect, with the intention of offering the student a way to expand and enrich the skills of integrating lighting into a spatial project. This mainly theoretical course works on the basic learning of how to use and understand the lighting, what are the appropriate tools, and how to control and manipulate of light.

Aimed at
Designers, architects, artists, engineers and interior designers.

  • To know the environment and the referents of the lighting project
  • To know the agents of the lighting project
  • To know the basic principles of lighting - Lighting Technology
  • To know basic lighting calculations to verify an idea
  • To know solutions type of practical cases of illumination

This Summer School course proposes a series of interventions that will help us to know the project's physical and visual constraints and the definitions of light through practical and technical examples that show projects and solutions adopted. Theoretical classes are combined in the classroom with excursions to analyze projects and see products.

Day 1:

  • Introduction to the light project: Light / shape / architecture
    • Introduction to applied light with a stimulating explanation with images of how light has evolved into a symbol, from both fields of art and architecture. Practical examples
  • World of the Light Project
    • Draft
    • Agents
    • Manufacturers

Day 2:

  • Foundations: Introduction to Lighting Technology
    • Definition of Light
    • Physics of light
    • Units and magnitudes
    • Fundamental laws
  • Light Calculations
    • Case Study: lighting calculation check in situ


Day 3:

  • Case Study: Lamps and Luminaires - Iguzzzini
    • Examples of projectors, optics and lamps
    • Assembly of a simple design proposed already predefined

Day 4:

  • Learn to see, analyze and represent: Tour around the city to observe different examples and take testimonies: photos, notes and graphing

Day 5:

  • Masterclass: How we illuminate
    • Challenges and possible solutions to take into account

Birgit Walter
Birgit Walter started her career as a Lighting Designer more than twenty years ago in New York and has worked since then on outstanding projects around the world, including master plans, landscaping, contract, retail, museums and exhibition spaces, among others. In 2001 Birgit founded BMLD, an independent lighting design studio based in Barcelona, ​​in charge of projects such as the W hotel and the Mnac in Barcelona, ​​the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai or the Diagonal Mar Shopping Center among others.

José Maria Deza

Lighting designer since 2003, he directs the headquarters of e1d design light studio in Barcelona where the team develops interior, landscape and urban architectural lighting projects in different countries. José María is a professional member of the APDI, Spanish professional organization for lighting designers.

Walter Valli
Walter has worked in several architectural firms in Italy and Spain and he has collaborated with important International Lighting Design offices. He currently works at Targetti as responsible for lighting projects in Spain.

Iván Bravo
Iván works as a lighting designer at BMLD, being in charge of projects such as the Diagonal Mar Shopping Center in Barcelona and all the graphic documentation of the project process.

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