The goal of the exterior lighting design at the Maryland Institute College of Art Brown Center project was to create a glowing beacon for the Maryland Institute College of Art campus and to reveal the dynamic character of the glass skin. A combination of external and internal illumination was specified for façade lighting, allowing the viewer to see through the glass to the spaces within in some areas while maintaining opacity of the surface in others.
The interior lighting at the Brown Center was designed to be an additive, but integrated element in the overall architectural composition. Lighting hardware that reflected the refined industrial palette of architectural finishes was used throughout. Since power feeds were not recessed into the post-tensioned concrete ceilings, coordination and design of conduit layouts became critical to the overall success of the lighting scheme.