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Lighting Space


Students will gain fundamental knowledge of the sun and sky, and learn to use these resources to develop integrated, sustainable architectural solutions with natural lighting. An advanced understanding of the human process of "seeing" and the sun's influence on our spatial perception will be the basis for developing concepts that use natural lighting to enhance the experience of the architecture. 1. The process of "seeing" and visual perception. 2. The composition of daylighting to influence the visual experience of architecture. 3. The Predictable movement of the sun - assess daylight availability. 4. The important role of finishes and brightness composition in the perception of architectural spaces 5. Supplement natural lighting with appropriate electric lighting systems - light distribution and controls. Through exploratory design studies and visualizations, students will learn to document their light concepts and their relationships to architectural space. Investigations in current and cutting edge technologies will familiarize students with the tools of lighting design, while the construction of scale models for daylight-testing, physical electric lighting mock-ups and digital imaging tools will provide a hands-on approach to designing with light. As a framework for their studies, students will draw upon a prior [pre-approved] studio project to develop throughout the semester. Students without a sufficient project to work from will be provided with a base project to work from. An existing physical model of the prior studio project is encouraged, but not necessary. The creation of built architecture is by its nature a collaborative affair. Architects often work with lighting consultants to aid in the design of electric and daylit spaces. Although we will eventually be focusing on your individual projects, this workshop seeks to promote collaboration in as many facets of the design and learning process as possible. We will be lecturing some, but we will also ask you to research and present ideas to each other, and to discuss the concepts in a collegial manner in class. Students are required to be in Segment 2, and have completed either TM369 Lighting + Acoustics or TM365 Lighting Design, and will be expected to draw upon their base knowledge of lamp types, luminaries and the metrics associated with lighting. These topics will be reviewed within the workshop setting, and expanded on. It is also highly encouraged to have completed Architectural Graphics. Note: It is an unfortunate irony that this is a daylighting course being taught at night. Due to that, we will be holding a minimum of 2 Saturday morning class sessions at Lam Partners Inc in Cambridge to test daylight models. These dates will be determined during the first weeks of class.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * PR450 and TM369 or TM365
Co-Requisites None.
Fulfills BDS-AT: Concentration Elective
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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