AUT 2021: Arch 582 Computational Lighting Design

Lighting design is a decision-making process that integrates daylight apertures, surface materials, colors, lamps, luminaires, and controls. The choices affect the resultant visual effects, comfort, and performance. Computational approaches provide rich visual and numerical environment with a large variety of form finding and evaluation capabilities.

Part 1: High Dynamic Range photography is a computational photography technique that captures lighting measurements with a common digital camera. This part of the course predominantly incorporates “observation”, “analysis of HDR images” and developing an “understanding” for the qualitative and quantitative aspects of luminous environment.

Part 2: Students learn how to perform advanced lighting simulation and visualizations to design a daylit environment.

We will explore a collection of software:
Photosphere, hdrscope, Climate Studio, Radiance.

Please contact Mehlika Inanici ( for questions. Non-majors should contact the instructor before registration.

This is a required course for the Lighting Certificate Program.

Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 – 1:50