Lierde’s business and design activities would see him working throughout Europe, Turkey and the Middle East to design and implement technical and artistic lighting projects for a range of building types and architectural settings from interiors to large urban scale plans. His work to enhance and expand the architectural conception of light would occur in a period where the rapid growth of lighting increased the demands on the lighting designer in creative and technical terms. His success has been in his ability to manage the vague yet powerful concept of light adapted to the needs of the client and society within these rapid cycles of development.
Overall, Jan Van Lierde’s artistic vision, attention to project detail and understanding of the social and technological impact of light has given his work an advanced level of meaning that has enhanced and elevated design and architecture into new realms. His individual works and cooperative projects with architects have laid the grounds for a humanistic understanding of lighting design and sculpture for the 21st century.