Selected Works and Exhibition (2007)

LD&A: The Great Illuminator (1993)

Richard Kelly Statement on "Focal Glow, Ambient Luminescence, and the Play of Brilliants", after a talk at the Garden Club of America Forum in New York City on November 15, 1962.


The Structure of Light

Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture. The story of the career of Richard Kelly, the field’s most influential figure. Click Here to Purchase

About Richard Kelly

Richard Kelly devoted his life to extraordinary contributions to the lighting design profession. He was one of the pioneers of the lighting design profession who started his own practice before entering college in the 1930’s.

His reverence for, and his understanding of the behavior of light was promulgated as the design values known as: focal glow, sparkling brilliance, and ambient luminescence.

He was a designer of over three hundred major projects; he worked with over eighty prominent architects; he always performed with original and inventive authority. He sought first to understand the problem and then followed with a creative solution. His synthesis of technology with artistic purpose transformed ordinary into beauty.

A few of his most recognized accomplishments are the Seagram Building, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, architects; Philip Johnson’s Glass House and The New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center, Philip Johnson, architect; the Kimbell Museum of Fine Arts and the Yale Center of British Art and Studies, Louis Kahn, architect. He passed away in 1977.


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