About the laboratory
To call immaterial light a building material is only a contradiction at first glance. Without light in its manifold manifestations, neither objects nor the spaces surrounding them can be perceived. Only light makes it possible to perform visual tasks, to grasp objects and spaces or simply to put things in the "right light" and thus to stage them.
The Light Workshop offers students of the Faculty of Interior Architecture, Architecture and Design IAD a variety of opportunities to train their own visual perception. Another important aspect is the opportunity to carry out individual experiments with light on their own projects with corresponding models. This gives students a direct practical reference to lamps, luminaires, lighting control components and bus systems. This makes them attractive applicants for jobs in the lighting industry - as trainees, accompanying their studies or as employees after graduation.
In 2006, during his appointment interview, Professor Mathias Wambsganss convinced the university management and the Faculty of Interior Architecture, as well as partners from the lamp and luminaire industry, of his idea to set up a lighting workshop. The lighting workshop gives students of lighting technology and lighting design practical access to the subject of light in addition to their lectures. The planning of the lighting workshop began in the summer semester of 2007 with an internal faculty student competition, the winning project of which served as the basis for the work and detailed planning. The motto of the competition was "by students for students". With the help of the Rosenheim State Building Authority and thanks to considerable self-direction on the part of the university, construction began in early 2008.
In 2009, the building was commissioned and ceremoniously handed over. Since then, all exercises on lighting planning and design have taken place in the newly created seminar area. The lighting workshop continues to develop. For example, the stage lighting area with the corresponding equipment was added in 2012.