Kate SweaterLighting Design

Dwaal Design studio is the design practice of Kate Sweater. 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 has taught at The New School, Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments and was 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