The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America publishes an introductory e-textbook on lighting

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is pleased to announce the publication of an introductory e-textbook on lighting, Architecture for Light, by Kim and Paul Mercier.

Architecture for Light is intended for upper-level undergraduate or continuing education courses for students of architecture and interior design. The book can also be a resource for architects and interior designers or lighting professionals looking to develop a lighting philosophy. The authors present an intuitive approach to analytical lighting concepts for those who want to learn about lighting but do not necessarily have a scientific background. The intuitive emphasis advances the observation of lighting effects and a design process at an early stage in project development.

Recognizing the need for energy efficiency, the text offers alternative energy design approaches that maximize energy effectiveness of spaces over traditional design methods. Architecture for Light is arranged in un-numbered modules that allow instructors to easily adapt the material to courses of seven or 13 week duration. Case studies, activities and projects, plus global examples of art, architecture and manufacturing, are included.

Paul Mercier is an instructor at SUNY College at Buffalo and Kim and Paul Mercier have each taught at the University of Calgary Masters of Architecture program. They are also lighting practitioners with their own design firm and are actively involved in the IES.

Architecture for Light is available in PDF format from the IES at 


IES is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society in North America devoted to lighting. Since 1906, the IES has sought to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. A broad variety of programs, including publications, conferences and seminars, have been established to accomplish this mission. IES publishes and distributes the finest lighting literature authored by committees with the most experienced minds in industry and academia today.

For more information about IES, go to