Daylighting Education in Practice: Verification of a New Goal within a European Knowledge Investigation

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

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Two independent surveys were conducted in 2017 and in 2018 among architecture students across Europe to investigate their knowledge on daylighting and the impact of that knowledge on the visual perception of daylit spaces. A total of 600 responders were involved. This paper presents findings from the second survey, which was distributed in six European countries. Based on the findings from the first survey, a new goal was set for the second survey: to examine how daylighting knowledge may influence the visual perception of it and how the perception of a daylit space by a student population and by experts compare to each other. Three main findings were observed: i) the perceived comfort shows a better agreement with mood than with sky condition; ii) the judgments expressed by the experts and by non-experts are consistent with each other, confirming an outcome of the earlier study and iii) there is a lack of knowledge about daylighting metrics and regulations as well as a difficulty in implementing daylighting into the design process. These outcomes highlight the relevance of reconsidering the way daylighting education is delivered in current architectural programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2018)
Subtitle of host publicationSmart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit
EditorsEdward Ng, Square Fong, Chao Ren
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherChinese University of Hong Kong
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-962-8272-36-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventPLEA 2018: 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Smart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 10 Dec 201812 Dec 2018


ConferencePLEA 2018: 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
CityHong Kong


  • Survey among students
  • Experts vs. Non-Expert
  • Knowledge on daylighting
  • Perception of daylit spaces
  • European education

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