by Veronica Garcia Hansen, School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industry, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

We’re looking for students to study this topic

Visual discomfort is a significant problem for typical certified green buildings in subtropical climates in Australia, with almost 50% of offices reporting discomfort from glare. This research investigates the relationship between visual comfort, the luminous environment (resulting from building design and new lighting technologies) and the well-being of office workers.

Research activities

The aim of this project is to provide new evidence-based knowledge and methods to support the design of green buildings that fulfill the design intent while improving operational effectiveness. As the successful PhD candidate you will be part of an international and multi-discipline research team working for an ARC linkage project on visual comfort in green buildings in subtropical climates.

Required skills and experience

We are looking for a candidate with a degree in architecture, engineering or related disciplines. You will preferably have:

  • a solid knowledge of lighting and daylighting
  • an understanding of simulation techniques for lighting
  • some expertise in software development using Matlab
  • excellent oral and written communication skills.

You may be eligible to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round, which closes on 30 September 2015.

How to applygo to QUT website and express your interest by email to Dr. Veronica Garcia-Hansen.