Kate Sweater is the design principle of the Dwaal Lighting Design studio, and a founding member of the acoustics and lighting design collaborative ‘Inter‘. Kate has been working in the field of lighting for over a decade, with experience in architectural lighting design, fixture design & engineering and lighting research into lighting technologies and human factors, in the United States and Europe.
Kate holds a Master of Science in Architectural Sciences (Lighting) from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelors of Fine Art (Furniture) from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Some notable previous work: Kate has published papers on many aspects of human vision and lighting. She has created healthy and efficient lighting design plans for a senior center, written documents to help owners of low-income housing facility to upgrade to LED lighting, and has designed and created lighting fixtures for the State Capitol building in Albany. She helped to develop a testing protocol for off-grid LED lighting for communities in Africa and India.
Kate’s work focuses on design for positive change. Kate has been a guest critic at Parsons/The New School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Architecture Department. She is currently teaching in a part-time faculty position at The New School, Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments and is also the Lighting Fellow for ‘Opening the Edge’, a project of the Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority; proposed by Jane Greengold.
Lighting Certified (LC) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions
IES Museum & Art Gallery Lighting Committee
IES Brightness Committee