Claudia Kappl-Joy

Lecturer in Architecture


  • Architecture
  • School of Architecture
Claudia Kappl-Joy

Architecture 330

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied science and advanced technology
  • Architectural lighting and interior design
  • Integrated design and coordination
  • Performance and wellbeing in the built environment


Lecturer Claudia Kappl-Joy holds a Master in Architecture MSc (TU Graz, Austria) and a Master in Architectural Lighting Design MSc (KTH Stockholm, Sweden) and has lived and worked in both fields in Austria, the U.K. and Sweden. Since 2007 she calls Tucson home and work base.

Claudia is co-founder, creative director and managing director of CLL . Concept Lighting Lab, an architectural lighting design studio that focuses on conceptual architectural and landscape lighting solutions that are integral to the project’s language. The firm is interested in finding suitable solutions for the unique task at hand and is known for listening, analyzing and responding to constraints and opportunities. The project portfolio includes boutique and specialty lighting solutions for public, commercial, hospitality and high-end residential projects in the U.S. and abroad. The design goal is to ensure atmospheric space that is both sensitive to the context and responsive toward the end-user.

Claudia is a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) and a member of Women in Lighting (WIL), the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (MIES). In addition to lecturing at CAPLA, she leads workshops, co-chairs juries and regularly attends reviews at various design schools.

Her fascination with the ephemeral quality of light and its interplay with space results in the continuous search for "atmosphere" in design, through collaboration and interaction with light.

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