DUC01 INSTITUTION University College Dublin, School of Architecture
Daylight and Architecture
TEACHING STAFF Paul Kenny
SUBJECT AREA Daylight, Design NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS É CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of student’s work
5 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES N/A   PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 10 ONLINE HOURS 2 24
ON LINE TUTORIALS 2 HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK 2 24
OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT Project work/reading PERSONNEL HOURS 6 72
    TOTAL 10 120
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 20 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA At least two years of architectural education completed
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

Daylighting, or more generally lighting, is one of the fundamental components of architecture. Not only is it the key element in revealing built volumes and contributing character to a space, it must also adequately respond to our needs for visual comfort and for a healthy environment.

The theme of this module will be an exploration of ‘The Lives of Spaces’ through light and shadow. More particularly, change and space as daylight moves through its kaleidoscopic range of colour and intensity. The course will provide the knowledge and tools necessary for the exploration and assessment of daylighting issues in architectural design supported by case studies. Daylight is introduced in an architectural context together with a range of supporting topics with emphasis on their relevance to design decisions. Lecture topics will include:

  1. Atmosphere, weather and daylight
  2. Photometric and colorimetric concepts and mensuration
  3. Solar and sky radiation and geometry
  4. Daylight measurement
  5. Daylight dynamics
  6. Vision and perception
  7. Visual comfort
  8. Photometry of opaque, translucent and transparent materials
  9. Daylight design strategies
  10. Innovative glazing, shading/deflecting technologies and advanced controlAn important element of the module will be the project. This will allow students to select a space intimately known to them and explore it in a way they have not done before. Principles learnt through the lectures and tutorials will be applied in the project and recorded visually. An ability to measure light levels (Luminance and Illuminance) through the use of light meters would be advantageous so that both quality and quantity can be explored together.
 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS
  1. Ability to consider daylighting strategies in design work
  2. Understanding of both daylight qualities and quantities
  3. Ability to analyse performance of design intent
  4. Ability to read the visual environment of any building

Online lectures, tutorials, recommended readings and project work.

Project submission

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

The student will be provided with both the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge that will enable them to both understand and study the performance of daylight in their designs to achieve visual comfort, energy efficient design and quality architectural space.

 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE