Po-Yang Sung Joins Available Light


5 December 2016, BOSTON MA – AVAILABLE LIGHT is proud to announce the expansion of its Boston studio with the hiring of Po-Yang Sung. Po-Yang is a Taiwanese native fresh from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his MFA in Lighting Design. In school, he lit a variety of performance styles ranging from drama to dance to musical comedy. Prior to joining Available Light, Po-Yang served as Resident Lighting Designer at Michigan’s Thunder Bay Theatre Company. Po-Yang’s thoughtful approach encompasses inspiration from the diversity of both nature and culture; in fact, his graduate thesis—lighting design for an international airport terminal titled “Wing It”—developed from his desire to apply his theatrical background aesthetic and his curiosity about the world to the design of an iconic architectural space.

Available Light,            Po-Yang Sung, November 1, 2016

Available Light, Po-Yang Sung, November 1, 2016

“The addition of Po-Yang supports our practice of infusing theatrical lighting techniques within architecture, museum exhibition, and tradeshow environments. We are excited to have him in our field and in our studio and we look forward to what Po-Yang has to teach us,” says Steven Rosen, FIALD, President and Creative Director of Available Light.



Available Light is an innovative, award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in the fields of Museum Exhibition, Architecture and Tradeshows & Special Events. Our comprehensive services address the entire process from master planning to specification to final lighting tune-up. Delivering creative, technically adept and sustainable solutions for high performance environments is central to our mission.


Available Light Completes Grammy Museum


Available Light recently completed both the Architectural and Exhibition lighting design for the new Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi – a satellite location for the Los Angeles original. It took five years, $20 million, and a dedicated, hardworking team but—as was witnessed at the March 2016 opening—the results were spectacular! Considered the birthplace of America’s music, and with more Grammy winners than any other state, Mississippi was the perfect satellite location. Owned and operated locally but curated by the original L.A.-based institution, Mississippi’s Grammy Museum boasts 28,000 square feet on the Delta State University campus. The building, designed by Dale Partners Architects, is a modern glass & steel structure starkly juxtaposed against a pastoral farmland backdrop.


The brief on the exterior lighting was a balancing act of exposing the striking building envelope for nighttime viewing while enticing visitors to peer through the transparent sections to a seductive interior lobby experience.  Lighting for all façade elements (I.D. Sign, large photo mural, corrugated steel panels, dramatic portal entry, etc.) were lit with carefully tuned and controlled LED luminaires. Inside, the Exhibits & Graphics program, designed by Gallagher & Associates, seamlessly integrates into the architectural space. The lobby features three super graphics, lit with a blend of subtly color-changing wash fixtures and framing projectors. The ceiling panel gaps provided the perfect location to tuck linear fixture downlights, providing ample light for the 28-foot-tall vertical space. The combination of ambient, color-changing, theatrical accent and daylight all converge to create a dynamic lobby expression.


Inside the exhibit galleries, patrons discover an immersive and dynamic environment embracing the many facets, personalities, and emotions of the richly complex music industry. Visitors to the museum experience a timeline of America’s music as it roared through Mississippi. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to record their own music, dance to famous songs, and explore various historical artifacts that include outrageous garments and well-loved instruments. Patrons become participants in the action, not merely passive witnesses. The wide-ranging color pallet and richly patterned light of an all LED lighting system evokes the theatrical feeling of musical performances. With the extensive use of interactive features and touch tables the Grammy Museum is considered one of the most highly technologically advanced museums in the south. A careful balancing act between lighting and media presentation ensures the technology is enjoyed in a space free from glare.  Artifacts are woven into the presentation throughout, requiring strict lighting conservation solutions including the elimination of all UV and IR radiation. Despite a modest budget, the lighting system was designed to be both simple to install and require minimal maintenance. Also crucial was providing flexibility to accommodate rotating exhibits.


The team of Available Light designers was led by Derek Barnwell on the architectural side and Ted Mather on the exhibit experience. Working with the same lighting design firm for both architecture and exhibits created continuity, unity, and open communication. The Grammy Museum was truly a joint effort, not only internally at Available Light, but with all of the project team members and owners.

Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland MS, Dale Partners, Gallagher & Associates, 2016


Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland MS, Dale Partners, Gallagher & Associates, 2016

Available Light Announces New Associate, Catherine Leskowat, Assoc. IALD, Assoc. IIDA, LC


For Immediate Release

BOSTON, 16 May 2016 – Available Light is delighted to announce the addition of Catherine Leskowat as an Associate of the firm. Catherine, who will be based in the Salem MA studio, joins the team from Atelier Ten, where she worked as a lighting designer focused on bringing sustainable solutions to schools, universities, hospitality spaces, and other projects. Notable work with Atelier Ten included the new Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown CT; Nuance Communications West Coast Headquarters, Mountain View CA; and the award-winning Jackson Laboratory in Farmington CT.

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Catherine’s background in Interior Design makes her keenly interested in both the physical environment’s impact on the health & well-being of users and the way people interact with the built environment. Her design interest focus on the integration of daylight and electric light to create robust, beautiful, and sustainable spaces.


“Catherine is an exceptional addition to Available Light,” says President & Creative Director Steven Rosen, FIALD, “Her energy, talent, thoughtfulness and considerable skill set adds so much to our team and we are delighted to count her among our wonderful team.”



Available Light is an innovative, award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in the fields of Museum Exhibition, Architecture, and Trade Shows & Special Events. Our comprehensive services address the entire process from master planning to specification to final lighting commissioning. Delivering insightful, creative, technically adept and sustainable solutions for high performance environments is central to our mission.


San Antonio Community Celebrates DoSeum Opening

(photo by Dror Baldinger)

Striving to connect the community at large with educational play — that’s the goal of the new DoSeum in San Antonio TX. The $47 million, 104,000-square foot project boasts 6 large exhibit areas and 2 traveling exhibit spaces across 3 buildings, with 5.5 acres of land and a visible water recirculation system. All this is more than enough to foster the “doing” environment of the DoSeum and the project has been highly praised since its opening in June 2015.

The project was highly collaborative, from initial investment to design concepts to final actualization. Vanessa Hurd, the director of the museum, intended the DoSeum to be a “permanent institution, a fixture in the San Antonio learning landscape…[with] teachers and school communities to help empower their efforts and to help provide learning opportunities” (San Antonio Current). Indeed, more than 6 months after opening, the University of Texas San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development Department began partnering with the museum to bring educational research to the community.

(photo by Dror Baldinger)

(photo by Dror Baldinger)

Our client and exhibit designer Argyle Design developed each individual area of the museum to focus on teaching kids while they “do.” From a puppet parade to the spy academy to imagine it, visitors get hands on and active in every corner of the museum. To complement architect design details, colored lights were placed where they would echo lighting shade coloring. Each exhibit combines high- and low-tech interactives, from Google Maps and animation technology to hands-on lighting elements and a miniaturized town, providing ample opportunities for unique lighting elements, including lasers, blacklights and fiber optic lighting. In one room, colored LED wave lights and animation discs blend to mimic water, allowing children to explore the deep sea, then magically converts to a grassy summer lawn, then into a punishing Mars landscape, all at the touch of a button. The Spy Academy required careful details, including framing projectors shining through grids on climbable vents to dramatize the children’s experience. Throughout the museum, fixtures required careful focusing to blend the high- and low-tech features of each exhibit, minimizing screen or camera glare and enhancing the hands-on experience for every visitor.

(photo by Dror Baldinger)

Animated Lighting

Old-school camera techniques meet new-wave gif technology with artist Lucea Spinelli’s Ph?tosgraphé. Her work was recently featured in Architectural Digest

(from architecturaldigest.com)


(from architecturaldigest.com)

(from architecturaldigest.com)


Spinelli does both the photography and the light effects, requiring deftness as she creates what she calls her “spirit portraits.” Her work is reminiscent of Krisztian Birinyi’s lighting photographs — except animated and with a touch of nostalgia (at least for me, I always loved making the light pictures with a long exposure).

Boston City Hall Gets Lit!

(from bostonglobe.com)

Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that Boston City Hall will get fitted with $3 million worth of new lighting fixtures. All LED, the 325 fixtures will revitalize City Hall Plaza and brighten up the building, hearkening back to its first days when floodlights lit the building. And, as an added bonus, the energy savings of using LED will make up for the cost overtime, according to a representative from the Boston Preservation Alliance. We are excited to see this project finalized this summer!

Light as Symbol

Early November brought the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The city commemorated the historic event and changes it brought by placing 8,000 illuminated (and biodegradable) balloons along the city where the wall stood, designed by Christopher and Marc Bauder.

(from nytimes.com)

The artists wanted the installation to be an “alien object,” like the Wall was, “something that doesn’t belong,” while also ensuring to evoke the hopeful feelings that came after the Fall. See their interview in this NY Times video. We think using illumination was a great way to achieve this. The artists made sure to use lighting in the balloons that was different from the surrounding exterior and building lights, achieving that alien effect. And the stark images of the lit installation in the dark definitely make one think of hope. It’s a common metaphor for a reason. Seeing that bit of light in the dark, either figuratively or literally, is a relief. In darkness, we often freeze. We can keep moving if we can see where we’re going, even just one step at a time.

At the end of the three days, on the anniversary of the Fall, all 8,000 balloons (biodegradable, remember) were released into the air, symbolizing the hope that came with the Fall of the Wall, and the faith of the people that they can keep moving forward.

Project Opening: Trip Advisor NYC


(photo by Nick Rezendes)


There were two goals for the new Trip Advisor office in New York City, designed by Baker Design Group to deliver an energy-efficient high-performing design, and to provide flexible gathering space for anything from daily casual lunch with colleagues to quarterly company-wide video broadcasts. Leading edge LED direct/indirect fixtures were laid out in an organic pattern to light the space, including a dimming control available on a fixture-by-fixture basis to accommodate the needs of individual engineers. The forum space incorporates unique uplighting for the cast-glass panels of the stairs flanking the seating area. Theatrical lighting for presentation needs is concealed in slots along the 4th floor ceiling, located where they can be accessed without a lift.




(photo by Nick Rezendes)


(photo by Nick Rezendes)


(photo by Nick Rezendes)


Scotland has declared 2016 their Year of Innovation, Architecture, and Design

(from scotsman.com)


If you happen to be traveling to Scotland this year, get ready for a good time. Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture, and Design (or IAD) is filled with events, openings, and education as creators strive to represent Scottish culture with contemporary designs. The National Museum of Scotland is debuting 10 new exhibits whilst continuing to undergo renovations, and the Festival of Architecture will feature 28 events.

It’s a huge undertaking but definitely seems like an exciting tribute to modern Scottish design and innovation!

Holly Jolly LEDs

‘Tis the season for electric companies! Lights indoors, outdoors, and covering trees and menorahs means big bucks for the electric companies. But with LEDs you can stick it to the man a little while keeping your holiday display bright and unique!

USA Today has a great overview of some of the newer LED products for the winter season. My favorite is Aura’s wireless bulbs. Their technology keeps the wires out of the equation, meaning you can light your entire tree (or even string them along a mantle in range of the ring etc) without worrying about tangles. Plus kids will get a kick out of the instantaneous reaction:

(from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1034423012/aura-the-first-ever-wirelessly-powered-christmas-l)

It is a little tree-specific though. For more versatility, the light strings are the best. We’ve talked about Philips Hue’s lightstrips before, and OLED can do the same, but the Lumenplay string mentioned in the USA Today brings that art-deco old-timey feel to their bulbs. Classic for the holidays.

The BlissLight holographic set is for the big-players — I don’t know anyone who uses those yet. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout through the lit neighborhoods though! Post your pics if you see or use them, too, either to our Facebook or on the comments here!