Thomas Schielke is an architect with a focus on architectural lighting. He studied architecture at the University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany and has been in charge of the didactic and communication division at the lighting manufacturer ERCO since 2001 where he designed an extensive online guide for architectural lighting, leads lighting workshops and publishes internationally articles on lighting design and technology. Additionally, he conducts research on architectural lighting, lectures at different international universities and presents papers at conferences. He is author of the book "Light Perspectives - between culture and technology". This book covers the actual qualities of light, the relationship between light and space and, the dimension of light as it relates to culture - based on paired terms to explore the design dimension of light.
Additionally, he has taught lighting design at different universities and was invited for lectures at institutions like Harvard GSD, MIT, Columbia GSAPP, Cornell and ETHZ. His research interests focus on qualitative lighting design. Thereby, he examines in which way light could be used to interpret architecture and to express a semantic quality. Further, he explores the development of contemporary light patterns, technologies and visualisation techniques to detect historical influences and to critically discuss the progress of light and architecture. His regular column “Light Matters” on ArchDaily reveals various perspectives of architectural lighting.