Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Design Implications of Circadian Lighting

Design Implications of Circadian Lighting

Dorothy Underwood, KGM Lighting

Wednesday, March 13
9:30am – 10:30am
Room: Nassau West
Credits: 1 AIA LU


Our understanding of the effects of lighting on human health and our circadian systems is constantly advancing. There are many scientific discoveries happening, but as designers, how does this affect our decision making? This presentation will take a look at various aspects of lighting, and the ways that circadian lighting can influence design decisions, from high level decisions concerning building use, occupant health goals, and the mood of the space, to nitty gritty decisions concerning CCT, SPD, and controls.


Dorothy Underwood, KGM Lighting
Dorothy Underwood is a Senior Designer with KGM Architectural Lighting in the New York office. She manages a variety of projects, from sports arenas to high end residential, including key projects such as the new NFL stadium in Los Angeles, and the award winning Ballroom Renovation at the New York Botanical Gardens.

Dorothy worked in a number of different related positions before becoming a lighting designer, including interning at architecture firms, and working as an application sciences professional at LAS. These experiences have helped to strengthen her understanding of not just lighting, but the surrounding professions as well. These various lenses of viewing projects are a great asset when collaborating with other consultants, and keeping the big picture of each project in mind.

Dorothy holds an MS in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting, as well as a B.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She also holds LC and LEED AP BD+C certifications.