Sustainable Design Program Director and Associate Profess Matt Fajkus' interdisciplinary seminar on "Light and Sustainable Design" explores the full spectrum of light as it relates to architecture and design in general, from physical properties such as its effect on the thermal performance of buildings to the resultant impact upon comfort, and, ultimately, the way we perceive space, color, and form. The seminar provides insight into the integrated balance of natural daylighting and artificial lighting in habitable spaces. This balance is examined from the larger scale of full building facades and urban environments to the micro scale of nanotechnology in smart materials, which allow for alterations in embedded light and color properties.
Students from various departments work in interdisciplinary groups (consisting of a balance between architecture students and non-architecture students) to produce research or design projects, investigating the properties and potential of light in sustainable design. The seminar strives to achieve interdisciplinary collaboration and system integration to the benefit of multi-faceted design approaches and proposals.
The photo slideshow above showcases student work from the Light and Sustainable Design seminar. Please see image credits below:
Yee Sang Wong