Graduate Architecture

Fall Lecture Series: Hervé Descottes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:30pm
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Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall


Hervé Descottes, Principal, L’Observatoire Interational Inc, New York, NY USA

Lecture Title: Working with Light

6:30pm, Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall


In 1993, Hervé Descottes co-founded the lighting design and consulting firm L’Observatoire International in New York City after eight years of design practice in Paris, France. Descottes personally creates the lighting concepts for all projects designed by L’Observatoire International, and oversees project development through project completion.

The design team at L’Observatoire International works on the architectural, urban and landscape scale, investigating how lighting can best be employed to reveal scope, space and form, and using the best technology to achieve a functional, creative, and environmental result.

The team is composed of an international array of professional lighting designers, architects, interior designers, visual artists and graphic designers. Under the direction of Mr. Descottes, the team works worldwide on a variety of public and private projects, including museums, cityscapes, landscapes, commercial spaces, hotels, restaurants and residential houses, with architects like Steven Holl, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas, and artists such as James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Marc Couturier and Vito Acconci.

Mr. Descottes has been recognized numerous times by the lighting design and architectural community. He has received awards from the International Association of Lighting Designers, the Illuminating Engineering Society and the New York City Illuminating Engineering Society, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, D&ADAD, the Municipal Art Society of New York City, and the GE Corporation. In 2008, Mr. Descottes was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.