How We Work

Illuminosa is a full service, woman-owned Architectural Lighting Design Studio located in Berkeley, California. Over the years we have developed long term relationships with architects and designers, cherishing the spirit of collaboration and design integration. Some recent, past, and in progress projects include: Valley Hi/North Laguna Library, Yountville Community Town Center, Los Gatos Public Library, Rodgers & Hammerstein Corporate Offices, One & Co. Offices, Girls Inc. Alameda Headquarters, and Astro Gaming Flagship Store Corporate Offices.

All members of our studio are committed to working closely with the design team to provide an integrated and seamless architectural approach to lighting, taking special care to consider the quality of the light, the color, the direction, the scale and the role of lighting fixtures in any given space. Our work has been published in Architectural Record, Interior Design and Architectural Lighting magazines.

Collaborative: As an integral part of the design team, we ask questions early in the design process that enable us to provide a lighting design that becomes part of the architectural fabric. We strive to achieve a design that seamlessly responds to and enhances the architectural vision for the project. We value these creative interactions and believe that a collaborative process provides the best result.

Sculptural: Along with all of the ways that architecture can meet people’s needs, we see architecture as a sculptural expression. Light, be it electric or natural, is the primary means by which architecture can be rendered most strongly into its sculptural state. Our knowledge of vision, optics and the play of light through an environment forms the basis for creating highly engaging settings.

Sustainable: The concepts underlying “green” architecture have become a given in our current architectural world. Reducing ongoing energy consumption is one of the major concerns of architects, building owners and other allied design professionals. Our firm’s practice is to explore all of the numerous methods available to us that address these concerns and support the goals for energy conservation. These methods include the latest lamp technologies, daylighting techniques, lumen maintenance control, and responsive dimming systems that create inspiring design that tread lightly on the earth.