Over 60 years of experience

Light Academy

Our enthusiasm for light is reflected daily in our projects and the uniqueness of our lighting design, product development, research department and the Bartenbach Academy.


Our philosophy

“Light is the medium of vision and of the soul. It affects the rhythm of our lives, our mood and our productivity. Proper lighting in the workplace invigorates us. Darkness in public spaces makes people uneasy, whereas light creates a feeling of security. The interaction between light and shadows brings architecture to life. Light accentuates and shows us the way forward. I’ve been working with the fascinating phenomenon of light for over 40 years. It requires professionalism and passion, and combines the fundamentals of physics and technology with a knowledge of perceptual psychology and a passion and talent for design. All this comes together in the professional field of lighting design.”

Professor Christian Bartenbach

Learning about light

Within the framework of our courses, participants have an opportunity to get to know more about a variety of lighting topics.

These courses are currently on offer:

Individually designed lighting seminars at the Bartenbach academy teach both the technical and physical basics as well as design and aspects of perception psychology. Our aim is to create a deeper understanding of the design of lighting and spatial environments for people. The main topics of these seminars are: Building with Daylighting, Designing with Artificial Light, LED Technology, Light and Health, Light and Surfaces.

The Bartenbach academy is closely linked to universities through the offering of numerous courses. Knowledge of lighting is incorporated into courses of study such as architecture and design.

Students can gain insights into the World of Light at Bartenbach academy's University Symposium or in courses at various universities.

Groups of architects can spend a day getting inspired at the Bartenbach academy's World of Light. Individual programmes are available.


In a workshop in the Artificial Sky, light can be SEEN, MEASURED and EXPLORED. Studies of materials directly show the interaction of light and surface. Daylighting as a design parameter creates a comfortable atmosphere and spatial quality. Experimental model studies allow for the optimisation of the design process using simple methods.

Whether as part of a Light on! day or upon request, we offer architectural firms the opportunity to make use of the unique Artificial Sky. Daylight can thus be incorporated into the design process, the creation of different daylight atmospheres can be modelled and tested, and measurements of natural light availability can be made.

In the Artificial Sky models can be shown and examined under all conceivable daylight situations. The natural conditions of the sky can be perfectly simulated in terms of brightness, light distribution, colour temperature and sunlight.

Spend a theme day at the Bartenbach academy.
Request an individual course: academy@bartenbach.com

Künstlicher Himmel:

Unser Künstlicher Himmel bietet Eigenschaften, die weltweit einzigartig sind:

Experiments & Studies

The Bartenbach academy sees itself as a platform for experiments that are separate from everyday project work. In teaching, the first step is to focus on “building with daylight”. Project work by students at the Bartenbach academy illustrates the design potential of light and visualises various daylight atmospheres.




Founding the Bartenbach Light Academy by Prof. Dr. h.c. Christian Bartenbach. Introduction of the Master's course "Lighting Design" in cooperation with the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.


The University Symposium is launched: A free, inter-university course aimed at students of numerous architecture and design faculties.


Introduction of the part-time, one-year lighting programme.


Christian Bartenbach takes over the Bartenbach academy from his father. The focus is on tailor-made, part-time light seminars and a unique light exhibition: the World of Light.


The opening of the World of Light: Christian Bartenbach expands the Bartenbach academy with the World of Light – a light exhibition with lighting models and full-scale lighted spaces. Knowledge of lighting is put into practice!

About Bartenbach

Bartenbach was founded in 1976 and since then has been active as a manufacturer-independent lighting design office in Aldrans, Austria. The highly specialised family business has become the world market leader for lighting design and lighting solutions. To date, more than 10,000 projects have been realized worldwide.

You will find an excerpt of the most important projects and more information about the company in the following link.

Lighting Literature

Herausgeber: ‎ Birkhäuser
ISBN: 978-3035622935

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Lichttechnische und wahrnehmungspsychologische Grundlagen
für Architekten und Lichtdesigner
Autor: Walter Witting, Verlag: Birkhauser
ISBN: 978-3990436585

Lichttechnische und wahrnehmungspsychologische Grundlagen
Autor: Christian Bartenbach, Walter Witting, Verlag: Springer
ISBN: 978-3211757796 (z.Zt. leider vergriffen)

Herausgeber: Christa Klingler, Verlag: Müry Salzmann
ISBN: 978-3990141137

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Autor: Christian Bartenbach, Reinhart Morscher Hans Spindler,
Herausgeber: Roland Gfeller Corthesy
ISBN: 978-3528081041

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