The potential of electric light as a new building â€śmaterialâ€ť was recognized in the 1920s and became a useful design tool by the mid-century. Skillful lighting allowed for theatricality, narrative, and a new emphasis on structure and space. The Structure of Light tells the story of the career of Richard Kelly, the fieldâ€™s most influential figure.Six historians, architects, and practitioners explore Kellyâ€™s unparalleled influence on modern architecture and his lighting designs for some of the 20th centuryâ€™s most iconic buildings: Philip Johnsonâ€™s Glass House; Louis Kahnâ€™s Kimbell Art Museum; Eero Saarinenâ€™s GM Technical Center; and Mies van der Roheâ€™s Seagram Building, among many others. This beautifully illustrated history demonstrates the range of applications, building types, and artistic solutions he employed to achieve a â€śnocturnal modernityâ€ť that would render buildings evocatively different at night. The survival of Kellyâ€™s rich correspondence and extensive diaries allows an in-depth look at the triumphs and uncertainties of a young profession in the making.The first book to focus on the contributions of a master in the field ofÂ architectural lighting, this fascinating volume celebrates the practiceâ€™s significance in modern design.