Victoria Meyers

Victoria Meyers

Victoria Meyers is a founding partner of hanrahanMeyers architects (hMa). Meyers has been the principal designer on a number of award winning projects, including DWi-P (Digital Water i-Pavilion), Won Buddhist Retreat (AIA NYChapter Honor Award; SARA PA Council Design Award; Wood Design and Building Honor Award; AIA NY State Award of Excellence);  Infinity Chapel  (SARA PA Council Honor Award; AIA NY State Design Award; Honor Award, Faith & Form Magazine), and White Space (Wood Design and Building Honor Award; AIA NYChapter Design Award).  Meyers’ projects include public institutional buildings, urban master plans, and residential projects.

In 2009 Meyers was one of ten women architects featured in Buildblog’s ‘Women Making an Impact’. In 2013, hMa’s Won Buddhist Retreat won an Honor Award from AIA NYChapter.  In 2012 hMa’s work was recognized with four design awards.  In 2010, hMa won the Urban Land Institute Heritage Award for hMa’s Master Plan design for Battery Park City’s North Neighborhood.   

In 2006 Meyers published 'Designing with Light', internationally, with Laurence King Publisher and Abbeville Press, cataloging hMa's research into natural light, using many of hMa's projects as examples.  Meyers has a leading role in bringing green practices to hMa.  In 2011, Meyers received her LEED Green Associate Credential from GBCI (the Green Building Certification Institute).  Meyers currently has a book in production, 'Shape of Sound, scheduled for publication with Artifice Books, in May 2014.  Meyers was a juror for the Archiprix International Competition in Ankara, Turkey, in December, 2013.

Victoria Meyers received her M. Arch from Harvard and an A.B. in Art History/ Civil Engineering from Lafayette College. 


Designing with Light


An in-depth look at how light is used in contemporary architecture to delineate form, color, and space, with particular attention to major projects by international architects including Stephen Holl, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas.

The history of great architecture is the history of buildings that adapt creatively to light. Light possesses the power to transform an ordinary building into a majestic edifice that inspires awe. Architects rely heavily on light, looking to it as a tool that reveals form and forges the important connection between vision and construction.

Designing With Light, by award-winning architect Victoria Meyers, explores the myriad ways in which light is used in contemporary architecture, both internally and externally, to enhance the design and sense of space in a building. Vivid color photographs depict how architects employ light in buildings such as the Guggenheim Las Vegas and the National Gallery of Canada. Meyer looks at recent developments in the science of light, giving an overview of the history of light in architecture and demonstrating how the use of light in film, theater, and art has influenced light’s use in architecture. Meyers goes on to discuss how light creates architectural features such as color, line, and form, and how architects strive to control light through glass, windows, skylights, and the manipulation of shadow and reflection. She clearly illustrates these cases with intriguing examples from recent buildings designed by internationally renowned architects including Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, John Pawson and many others.

Meyers’ lively, informative text and hundreds of rich color photographs are sure to fascinate those interested in architecture and design. 

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