Arch 570
Natural Lighting

Fall 2020

Instructor: Bruce Haglund   

9:30-10:45 Tue & Thur, Virtual

Office: AAS 306
Phone: 885-6781

Course Description

1.     Course Concept: The course is structured as a seminar/workshop in order to maximize hands-on experience with the various prediction and modeling techniques. The course has two threads that intertwine its heart and its spirit. The spirit of the workshop is a term-long investigation of the nature of Palouse light. Students will present their findings at intervals throughout the term. The heart of the workshop project will be research and design of an integrated LED and daylight system for a building in Moscow or elsewhere (just one room), which will be measured, modeled, redesigned, predicted, redesigned, and used to verify the calibration of the daylighted artificial sky. Each student will be a member of a small group working on the building project. Each group will be responsible for a short presentation of each phase of this project—see schedule. Presentations will be similar to design studio presentations with class members and the instructor acting as critics. In addition to presentation, each group will compile a reproducible portfolio explaining their process and summarizing their semester's work. 

The final portfolio will be in 11" x 17" (maximum) format with illustrations. For the model/remodel project each redesign phase will be written up in the following format:

a) Introduction: describe what is being done and how your team is doing it (one page).

 b) Date/measurement/illustrations/calculations: present the technical aspect of the research or redesign phase as clearly as possible. Annotate data and illustrations.

c) Conclusion: describe what you discovered about your study building and what you found out about the prediction method (one page).

Each assignment should be handed in as a digital file at the presentation. At the end of the term a hard copy and CD of the entire folio is due. The final submission should include both the Palouse light study and all phases of the artificial sky model and remodel with a project introduction and a project conclusion. (A statement of feasibility of the artificial sky model, what further research or modeling is required, and remarks about the course material in general).

The University of Idaho is proud to support the Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC, as a Partner University. The Convention, organized by VIA-Verlag, was created for the global lighting design market. Designers, lighting architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients use PLDC as a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design, and discuss the future of the lighting profession. PLDC stands for high quality knowledge transfer and international networking opportunities.  

Student research for this seminar in 2016 was developed into a paper for the Professional Lighting Designers Conference (PLDC) in Paris November 14, 2017 (Macy Brannan and I attended and presented). PLDC 2021 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, in October. For full info on the next PLDC see I hope we can participate!


2. NAAB Criteria 

This class meets the following NAAB Student Performance Criteria (2014) in whole or in part: A.1. Professional Communication Skills, A.2. Design Thinking Skills, A.3. Investigative Skills, B.6. Environmental Systems, B.7. Building Envelope Systems, C.1. Research.

3. Grading

This is an advanced course and will be graded accordingly. Final grade is based on participation in the process and on the final folio.

Product Due Date Media Format Value
 Assignment #1 Preliminary Images  Sep 3  Digital Slide Show   10 points
 Assignment #2 Study Building Analysis  Sep 24  Digital Slide Show   10 points
 Assignment #1 Refined Images  Sep 15  Digital Slide Show   10 points
 Assignment #3 Preliminary Model  Oct 1  Digital Slide Show, Model   10 points
 Assignment #3 Model Presentation  Oct 13  Digital Slide Show    20 points
 Assignment #1 Late Summer vs. Early Fall Light  Oct 22  Digital Slide Show    20 points
 Assignment #3 Model Presentation  Nov 10  Digital Slide Show, Model   20 points
 Assignment #4 Computer Models  Nov 17  Digital Slide Show   20 points
 Assignment #1 Early vs. Late Fall Light  Dec 1  Digital Slide Show    20 points
 Assignment #5 Final Model  Dec 16  Digital Slide Show, Model   20 points
 Portfolio of Work  Dec 16  Hardcopy & PDF  100 points


Course Outline