Lighting Simulation for Architectural Design


Lighting is crucial for many architectural settings: it affects the visual comfort of users in buildings and plays a special role in museums, exhibitions, operation rooms, stadiums, or performance spaces. Lighting design is an activity that involves both routine tasks, such as the placement of luminaires, and non-routine ones, where a designer’s expertise is required, such as the design of an overall lighting concept or the definition of design goals. In addition, it is typically carried out only upon completion of architectural design, which limits design freedom for lighting design.

We will improve the lighting design workflow by automating routine tasks while supporting designers in non-routine tasks, and by incorporating lighting design into the early architectural design phase, leading to an improved computational design workflow. This can be done via three different approaches: (1) automated design, (2) interactive design, and (3) suggestive interactive design.