A study about daylighting knowledge and education in Europe. Results from the first phase of the DAYKE project

Federica Giuliani*, Natalia Sokol, Valerio R.M. Lo Verso, Raquel Abreu Vieira Viula, Federica Caffaro, Bernard Paule, Aicha Diakite, Yannick Sutter

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This paper presents selected results from the first stage of DAYKE (Daylight Knowledge in Europe), a 3-phase project that investigates the knowledge on daylighting in buildings among architecture students and practitioners across Europe. Subjective judgements from 561 students from 8 architecture universities in the EU, collected through two surveys in 2018. The key findings are: (i) the spatial distribution of comfort and mood in the classrooms varied depending on sky conditions and distance from windows; (ii) the average daylight factor DFm showed a good agreement with subjective judgements on the amount of daylight in a space; (iii) experts and non-experts provided similar judgements on the perception of a daylit environment; (iv) a general lack of knowledge about daylighting metrics, regulations, assessment tools and software was highlighted. Furthermore a difficulty in implementing daylighting into the design practice is also identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-181
Number of pages14
JournalArchitectural Science Review
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • daylighting knowledge
  • education in Europe
  • perception of daylit spaces
  • subjective evaluation
  • survey among students

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