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Architectural Lighting



Zhang Mingyu



Course Name: ArchitecturalLighting

Course Code: S2293260



Program: Building

Course Module:

Responsible: Zhang Mingyu

E-mail: zmy0526@163.com

Department:Institute of Building Science Technology

Time Allocation(1 credit hour = 45 minutes)





Internship (days)

Personal Work







Course Description

Architectural Lighting is essential to architect design. This course focuses on items as follows:

1. Fundamentals, such as lighting parameters and measurement, light propagation and light usage;

2. Knowledge about architectural daylighting, such as the definition and usage of light climate, daylight strategy.

3. Knowledge about artificial lighting, such as criterion, lighting strategy, luminaire and applicable conditions.

4. Case study of daylight and indoor illumination


This course is oriented to student of Architecture or related disciplines

Course Objectives

Develop the ability of understanding and applying the knowledge of daylighting and artificial lighting

Course Syllabus

1. Lighting fundamentals

2. Daylighting

3. Artificial lighting

Textbooks & References

• Textbook:

Building Physics (Third Edition). Liu Xiaotu, Southeast University. 2010.

• References

1) Yang Gongxia.Vision and Visual Environment (Recension), Tongji University Press, 2002

2) Zhan Qingxuan.Architecture environment.Tsinghua University Press. 1998.

3) Lighting Handbook (Second Edition).The Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan. Science Press. 2005.

Capability Tasks

CT1: To understand basic science, and to have analytical ability and the ability to integrate related knowledge.

CT2: To apply relevant professional knowledge to the field of science and technology: understanding of the basic concepts and its connotation, application of different methods and concepts which have been learned, capability of judging the scope and limitations of such applications.

CT4: To carry out experiments in research environment with the abilities to utilize tools, especially for data collection and processing.

CT5: To have the basic concept about how the company functions and the capability to understand economic problems such as quality management, competitiveness and productivity and commercial demands.

CT7: To understand the issues concerned with the environment, especially the concept of sustainable development.

CS2: Able to make intelligent monitoring for energy consumption, comfort degree and other physical performance of green buildings, and master active and passive technologies for green guarantee in the operation of buildings;


TIEI referred to as the European Project TUNING, has as its goal to cultivate general ability (i.e. vocational ability and transferring ability), and professional ability.

No unified standard is available in Chinese universities concerning the students’ capability acquired through the learning process. TIEI requires that our students have solid theoretical foundation, good humanistic quality, and strong innovative and practical capability and management ability. Compared with the European project TUNING, the students’ capability developed through the curriculum studies is divided into the following five levels, according to the NAMEO system:

N: Notion. (To have a general understanding of the task, but unable to realize the task independently.)

A: Application. (To realize the task with proper guidance.)

M: Master. (To voluntarily realize the task.)

E: Expert. (To contribute to the progress of the task and to acquire transferring ability.)

O: N/A

1) Lighting fundamentals, such as lighting parameters and measurement – N

2) Knowledge about architectural daylighting – M

3) Knowledge about artificial indoor and outdoor lighting - M

Students:Building, Year 1