Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 323 Lighting in Architecture Undergraduate 3 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
5 124

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Emina Zejnilović, Assist. Prof. Dr. Emina Zejnilovic Emina Zejnilović, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course is aiming to educate students of architecture in the observation, analysis, description, manipulation, and evaluation of daylight, and artificial lighting, as well as its effect on the quality of interior spaces. At the same time it explores the technologies employed in generating, distributions and controlling light in illuminated environments. Through lectures and practical sessions, the course will introduce the students with technical and practical aspects of lighting design applications, including the physics of light, lamp technology, luminaire typologies, calculations, lighting design concept and solutions relevant to particular space typology.

• Present the role of natural lighting in architectural design
• Introduce students with basic concepts related to artificial lighting in architecture
• Introduce students with the possibilities, advantages and disadvantages of different lighting options, related to functional requirements
• Introduce students with the correlation of human visual perception, methods for quantifying light and its physical properties/intensity and color
• Explore a real lighting design problem and suggest architectural solutions

  1. • Introduction ( Syllabus review; course content, requirements, policies; teaching methods)
  2. • Light in Architecture/History Helioplastic / Sun in Architecture/ Environment
  3. • Windows/Daylight and Shadow
  4. • Daylight
  5. • Patterns of Brightness/ Perception and Vision/Psychology of Light
  6. • Color and Measurement of Light
  7. • Artificial Sources of Light /Luminaries
  8. • Concept of Lighting Design
  9. Lighting Design
  10. • Lighting Solutions
  11. • Lighting Solutions
  12. • Light Control/ Lamp Selection - Switching
  13. • Professional Process of Lighting Documentation
  14. Review


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)20
    Lab/Practical Exam(s)30
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • • Identify and understand basic concepts of natural and artificial lighting
    • • Understand fundamental principles of concepts in lighting design
    • • Understand fundamental principles of perception and visual qualities of light.
    • • Develop practical skills in suggesting specific lighting solutions related to functional requirements
    • • Understand the possibilites and corelation between natural lighting and architectural design
    • Ching, F. D. (2012). Interior Design Illustrated. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
    • • Ganslandt, R., & Hofmann, H. (1992). Handbook of Lighting Design. Braunschweig/.
    • • GORDON, G. (2014). INTERIOR LIGHTING. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
    • • KARLEN, M., & BENYA, J. R. (2004). Lighting Design Basics. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
    • • Phillips, D. (2004). Daylighting Natural Light in Architecture. Oxford : Architectural Press.
    • • Tvarovski M. (1969) Sun in Architecture, Gradjevinska Knjiga, Beograd

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)13030
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)13030
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11010
    Preparation for Final Examination13030
    Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 124
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5