The Lighting Tree: Scott Kluger

Scott Kluger is a Daylight Designer with Hoare lea, London.

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What was the fascination with lighting that drew you to into this career?

Scott Kluger

I stumbled upon lighting in my final year of architecture school, where my master’s thesis explored the use of light as a therapeutic tool for dementia patients. Its role in the perception of space and our own physiology provided a unique quality to our environment and wellbeing that I found inspiring.  Since then, I have deviated slightly from my initial course of becoming an architect and have since been immersed in the field of lighting. I think for me, lighting design provided that great balance of artistic expression and scientific enquiry that has kept me intrigued about the subject..

There are lots of aspects to creating good lighting design; is there any one aspect of the process that means more to you than anything else?

Slightly biased with this subject but as a daylight enthusiast, early conceptual development with the architect is fundamental to realising its strategic use in a building.  It’s great to get involved in the early planning stages and façade development of a building as this is when you have a greater influence of the daylight within a building. As demand for sustainable building practice continues to grow, hopefully this integration of daylighting design within the lighting industry will continue to grow too.

I guess we should also ask, for balance, is there anything in the process that you’d prefer to avoid and pass onto someone else in the studio?

The value engineering process can be frustrating as substituting products can often be detrimental to the overall scheme. If you have an architect or interior designer invested in your design concept, this can go a long way to minimising the amount of change, or fingers crossed anyway!

What or who are your influences when it comes to light creation?

While studying architecture, I was introduced to the work of Olafur Eliasson and I had the opportunity last year to see his exhibition at the Tate for the first time. As an artist dealing with light and space, I find his work very inspiring in the way he involves the observer in his work, often skewing or distorting light to question their perception.

Tell us something about the you that exists outside of lighting

I really enjoying exploring London on my bike, having grown up in New Zealand I spent a lot of time outdoors, so cycling gives me a break physically from my daily routine. I challenged myself to a long-distance ride across Switzerland once, from Lake Konstanz to Lake Geneva which took me a week through the mountains. It was a great adventure with a lot of freedom camping and beautiful scenery along the way. 

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Scott in Switzerland

Editor’s note: judging from the look on Scott’s face, that’s a front wheel puncture – halfway round a glacial lake. Ah well.
Don’t tell me there’s a Kaffeehaus behind the camera!

And that’s a gorgeous vintage Peugot tourer, if I’m not mistaken.

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