We are pleased to announce the schedule and preliminary list of confirmed speakers for the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017.

3 MAY 2017

08:30 – 09:00
Arrival and registration

09:00 – 09:40
Official opening by
Michael K. Rasmussen, VELUX Group (DK)

09:40 – 11:00
Keynote “Daylight as a qualitative aspect and driving element in developing Architecture”
Stefan Behnisch, Behnisch Architekten (DE)

“Daylight Research from Knowledge to Practice: The Tortoise and the Guerrilla”
John Mardaljevic, Loughborough University (UK)

11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 13:00
“Creative activity-based learning and office environments require a new way of designing daylight”
Jakob Strømann-Andersen, Henning Larsen Architects (DK)

“Characterizing the potential of daylight to fulfil non-visual requirements in the built environment”
Martine Knoop, Technische Universität Berlin (DE)

“Is daylight enough? Taking a holistic human perspective”
Peter Barrett, University of Salford (UK)

“The future is light”
Per Arnold Andersen, VELUX Group (DK)

13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:45
Keynote “Using natural light as a tool for creating a strong architectural narrative”
Omar Gandhi, Omar Gandhi Architect (CA)

“Windows and roof tops for our well-being: their contribution to the value proposal of indoor spaces”
Marc Fontoynont, Aalborg University (DK)

Johannes Schwörer, SchwörerHaus KG (DE)

“En’Light’en: an exploration of light and sensation”
Laura Johnston, Durham University (UK)

15:45 – 18:00
Breakout sessions featuring the following: 

Urban planning and regulation
”Daylighting paradox – Evaluation of daylight based on LEED v4 and prEN-17037 daylight of buildings”
Anne Iversen, Henning Larsen Architects (DK)

“Daylight levels in existing Swedish buildings as a base for modernized national regulations”
Marie Claude Dubois, Lund University (SE)

”Establishing urban scale daylight assessment in the planning process: a report from the battlefield”
Paul Rogers, BAU (SE)

”Daylight at masterplan stage”
Paula Longato and Alexander Rotsch, Arup (DE)

Daylight metrics and methodologies
”Sunlight as a source of indoor illumination, studies from high latitudes”
Barbara Matusiak, NTNU (NO)

”Designing with daylight”
Paula Esquivias, Universidad de Sevilla (ES)

“Parametric daylight façade optimization methodology”
Alejandro Dieguez, White Arkitekter (SE)

Visual comfort and glare assessment
”A comparative gaze responsive comfort evaluation for glare control strategies using gaze behavior analysis and discomfort glare assessment”
Mandana Sarey Khanie, ÅF Lighting/EPFL (SE/CH)

”Temporal variability on discomfort glare from daylight”
Michael Kent, University of Nottingham (UK)

”Quantitative & Qualitative assessment and improvement of visual comfort in offices”
Laura Thuillier, Saint Gobain (FR)

VR in Lighting Research and Practice
“Demonstration: Using Immersive Virtual Reality in Lighting Research and Practice”
Kynthia Chamilothori and Siobhan Rockcastle, EPFL (CH)

18:00 – 21:30
Symposium Dinner


4 MAY 2017

08:30 – 09:00
Arrival, luggage and coffee

09:00 – 9:10
Recap of Symposium Day 1

09:10 – 10:40
Keynote “Freedom of use”
Anne Lacaton or Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal (FR)

“From energy efficiency towards wellbeing – introducing interdisciplinary research for good living”
Astrid Achatz, Fraunhofer-Allianz Bau (DE)

“Daylighting the Millennials”
Christoph Reinhart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (DK)

10:40 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:45
“Dynamics of daylighting inside out”
Marilyne Andersen, École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (CH)

“Value Creation by Architectural Design – Daylight as a positive driver”
Peter Sattrup, Association of Danish Architectural Firms (DK)

“Daylighting and the Senses: Tactile Design Processes Fostering Biophilia”
Claude Demers, Université Laval (CA)

“Twenty-five years of Circadian living: a case study”
Dean Hawkes, Darwin College, University of Cambridge (UK)

12:45 – 13:45

13:45 – 15:15
“Daylight Craft: Reclaiming a culture of carefully crafting architectural details for sustainable daylighting”
Werner Osterhaus, Aarhus University (DK)

“Sustainability; how can we use daylight to create buildings that have a low impact on the environment, while also providing a high quality of life for the occupants?”
Willem Jan Landman, Paul De Ruiter Architects (NL)

Keynote “Happy People in Healthy Architecture”
Lone Wiggers, C.F. Møller (DK)

15:15 – 15:30
Symposium closing


Speakers bio


Fraunhofer-Allianz Bau
Astrid Achatz is the Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance. It aims to assure sustainability, careful use of resources, and healthy construction methods in building and living, and to address issues such as product, system and process optimization. The alliance intends to shape the future of building by functioning as an interface between business, research and politics.


École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne
Marilyne Andersen is an award-winning academic, educator and an active researcher who has demonstrated the ability to initiate and lead challenging daylight research, which will continue to impact the architectural and research communities. As the Director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) at EPFL, her research focuses on the interaction between daylighting design strategies and building performance by engaging with the efficiency, health, comfort and experience of the built environment.


Per Arnold Andersen, Architect MAA, has worked for more than twenty years as an architect and project manager in major Danish architect offices. In 1999, he joined the VELUX Group, where he has been driver of the VELUX Group’s daylight strategies and initiatives. He has worked continuously with the International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture since its start in 2004 and in 2005, he initiated the VELUX Daylight Symposium as an established international venue for sharing knowledge and ideas across disciplines within architecture and daylight research.


University of Salford
Peter Barrett is a Professor of Management in Property and Construction and is leading research initiatives on experiences within the built environment and its affect on occupants such as the Holistic Evidence and Design (HEAD) study on schools which investigates the impact of school designs on pupils’ learning.


Behnisch Architekten
Stefan Behnisch is an award-winning architect and advocate of sustainable design. His first building abroad, the Institute for Forestry and Nature Research in Wageningen, NL, became a milestone for innovative sustainable solutions. He is a BDA, RIBA and AIA member, an NCARB certified architect, and an AIA Honorary Fellow.


Kynthia Chamilothori joined the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) in EPFL as a PhD candidate in February 2015. She graduated with honors from the Technical University of Crete with a Master’s degree (Dipl-Ing) in Architectural Engineering in 2014, receiving the Limmat Stiftung Excellence Award. Her research diploma project “Memorigami”, a prototype temperature-responsive transformable shading system, received an innovation development grant from the 2013 University Student Entrepreneurship Project (UNISTEP). After her architectural degree, she joined LIPID for the development of a real scale prototype of an arabic-inspired adaptive shading system which responds passively to direct sunlight. Extending her work on building envelopes, Kynthia’s doctoral research focuses on how façade patterns and the variability of daylight shape the way we perceive architectural space. Using both real environments and virtual reality in experimental studies, she aims to broaden our understanding of the complex effects of patterns and daylight on subjective experience.


Laval University
Claude Demers is a Professor of architecture at Laval University, actively involved in teaching and research on daylighting through funded projects since 1997. She has completed a PhD in architecture at the University of Cambridge, innovating on the integration of qualitative and quantitative assessments of daylighting in architecture. Co-founder of the Groupe de Recherche en Ambiances Physiques, she is interested in biophilic architecture and occupant’s satisfaction, associating the importance of design to user’s behaviour. She is an expert in the digital and analogical modeling of light, developing and applying her research expertise to innovate on new building designs.


White Arkitekter
Alejandro Pacheco Diéguez works as Digital Sustainable Design specialists at White arkitekter in Stockholm. Alejandro has a Master’s in Architecture from Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) and a Master’s in Environmental Building Design from LTH (Lund, Sweden). In Lund, he specialised in daylight optimisation through collaboration on research projects in that area. Soon after, he started working as an environmental specialist at the BAU architecture studio in Stockholm, where he developed his skills with daylight simulations and gained experience using parametric tools. He currently works at White arkitekter, where he combines his environmental design expertise with the use of parametric tools. His main fields of interest include building design and city planning optimisation.


Lund University/White Architects
Marie-Claude Dubois is associate professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design at Lund University, Sweden and environmental specialist at White Architects, Malmö, Sweden. She has previously been associate professor (2003-2010) at Laval University, in Canada, and senior researcher (2001-2003) at the Danish Building Research Institute after award of her PhD in Construction and Architecture at Lund University (2001). She has contributed as author or co-author to some 100 scientific communications mainly in the field of daylighting, energy-efficient buildings, and sustainable architecture. She has also participated in the lighting and energy design or environmental certification of more than 30 buildings around the world. In her career, she has been leader of Subtask D of International Energy Agency IEA-SHC Task 50 on “Advanced Lighting Solutions for Retrofitting Buildings” and of Subtask B of IEA Task 40 on “Solar Energy and Architecture”.


Universidad de Sevilla
Paula M. Esquivias is an architect and PhD student focusing her research into climate-based daylighting and thermal analysis in order to provide a better understanding of the effect of the sun radiation into our buildings for getting a balance between visual and thermal comfort. She acts as a consultant to architects on daylighting, energy performance and energy labelling. She has also been lecturer in energy labelling, sustainable energy resources in buildings, lighting and daylighting.


Aalborg University
Marc Fontoynont is a Professor at the Danish Building Research Institute at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently conducting research on the perception of lighting quality, energy efficiency and models of total cost of ownership of lighting systems. He is involved in CIE activities, European funded research projects and programmes from the International Energy Agency.


Omar Gandhi Architect 
Omar Gandhi has quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading young architects. Since starting his own firm in 2010, Omar Gandhi Architect Inc. has been elected as one of the Top 20 Young Architectural Practices worldwide in Wallpaper* Magazine’s annual Architect’s Directory in 2014, and most recently one of The Architectural League of New York’s ’Emerging Voices’ of 2016.


Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Dean Hawkes is emeritus professor of architectural design at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and an emeritus fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. His building, designed in partnership with Stephen Greenberg, has won four RIBA Architecture Awards.  In 2010 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award in recognition of his contribution to architectural education.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Westminster in 2016.


Durham University
Laura Johnston established her practice in 1996 and has completed numerous large-scale projects across the UK. A collaborative approach links the studio with architects, engineers and a whole range of creative professionals. Driven by the belief that our physical environment has a direct impact on how we feel, research continues to inform her studio’s approach to working with glass, light and space.


Technische Universität Berlin
Martine Knoop is a Lecturer at the Chair of Lighting Technology, Technische Universität Berlin. In this role, she is responsible for research and education on daylighting, indoor lighting and colorimetry. Since 2013, Martine has assumed the role of chair of the CIE technical committee dealing with the benefits of daylighting.


Lacaton & Vassal
Anne Lacaton born in France in 1955. Graduated from the School of architecture of Bordeaux in 1980. Diploma in Urban Planning at the university of Bordeaux in 1984. Visiting professor at the University of Madrid, Master Housing 2007-2013, at the EPFL Lausanne, 2004, 2006 and 2010-11, University of Florida, Ivan Smith Studio in 2012, University of NY-Buffalo, Clarkson Chair in 2013, at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2013-2014, at University of Sassari, Alghero in 2014, at Harvard GSD : Kenzo Tange 2011 & Design critic 2015, at theTU Delft winter sem 2016-17.


Paul De Ruiter Architects
Willem Jan Landman received his Master of Architecture at the Academy of Architecture in 2010 and has since worked on such projects as the Villa Kogelhof Villa K (Germany), the Bijlmerparktheater, the Paul De Ruiter Architects office on Valschermkade and Nature’s Pride.


Paula Longato is a lighting designer with the Arup team in Berlin. Paula studied Architecture and Urbanism in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After her studies she worked as an architect for leading construction firms and later as a lighting designer. In 2006 she moved to Germany to do her master degree in Architectural Lighting Design, which she concluded with her thesis on Daylighting in Office Buildings. Since 2008 Paula works with the Arup lighting team in Berlin and has since delivered several international projects, including buildings in the educational, commercial, transportation, private and public sectors. Some of these projects received lighting design awards from recognized organizations. Paula’s passion for daylight and lighting can be seen in her continuous effort to create sustainable and human centric designs.


Loughborough University
John Mardaljevic (PhD, FSLL) is Professor of Building Daylight Modelling at the School of Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University. Mardaljevic pioneered what is now known as Climate-Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM). Founded on rigorous validation work, CBDM is now the basis for research and, increasingly, industry practice worldwide. Mardaljevic’s practice-based research and consultancy includes major projects such as the New York Times Building and The Hermitage (St. Petersburg). He currently serves as the ‘UK Principal Expert on Daylight’ for the European Committee for Standardisation CEN / TC 169 WG11, and on a number of International Commission on Illumination (CIE) technical committees.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Barbara Szybinska Matusiak is a trained architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her work has been integral to many Norwegian and international scientific projects dealing with daylighting and artificial lighting in architecture such as project leader for the bilateral Polish-Norwegian scientific project STEP.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of daylighting, sustainable building design and environmental modeling. At MIT he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab, an inter-disciplinary group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows, planning tools and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods.


Siobhan Rockcastle is a researcher exploring topics at the intersection of architectural design, human perception, environmental dynamics, and building performance. She is in the final stages of completing her PhD at at the LIPID Lab of EPFL. Siobhan earned her professional BArch from Cornell University in 2008 and her SMArchS degree in Building Technology from MIT in 2011. Siobhan has held teaching positions at Cornell and Northeastern, where she taught courses on architectural design, daylight performance, and environmental systems. Her professional work experience includes positions at KVA matX, Snøhetta, Epiphyte Lab, and Gensler. She currently consults on daylight design integration and environmental performance for a number of architectural and urban-scale projects in Switzerland and the US. Siobhan’s research proposes new metrics that predict the impacts of daylight and spatial composition on perception and emotion in architecture.


BAU Architects
Paul Rogers is an architect and Sustainability Coordinator at BAU Architects in Stockholm. A registered BREEAM assessor, he leads a division of three daylight specialists working with daylight certification of buildings. He is founder of the LinkedIn discussion forum ‘Svensk dagsljusberäkning’ (Swedish daylight calculation) which has nearly 300 members. Along with select members of this group, he is working to advance domestic daylight certification methodologies and to help Swedish Building code authorities modernize the country’s daylight regulations. He is also founder of an ongoing initiative which challenges Swedish urban planning authorities to better integrate daylight into municipal planning process.


Alexander Rotsch is leading the Lighting Design Unit for Arup in Germany. The experienced, passionate and multiple award-winning lighting designer joined Arup in Berlin 2012. Over the last 16 years he has been working as a team leader and project manager successfully executing more than 50 national and international projects. Alexander studied architecture at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar and at the École Nationale Supérieure d ‘Architecture in Paris. He specialized in daylight and architectural lighting design and the development of high quality custom solutions for lighting and luminaires. The Städel Museum in Frankfurt, which has won six lighting design awards worldwide, or the new headquarters for Amorepacific in Seoul, a large Korean cosmetics company, are both projects bearing his mark for sophisticated lighting design.


Association of Danish Architectural Firms
Peter Andreas Sattrup has dedicated his work to the research and development of architectural design methods, particularly in relation to sustainability, climate and resources. With a PhD in sustainability – energy optimization – daylight and solar, he acts as a consultant to architects and builders on sustainability, resource management, energy optimization and daylight.


SchwörerHaus KG
Johannes Schwörer is the Managing Director of the Schwörer Group. With over 39.000 houses constructed, SchwörerHaus is among Germany’s biggest prefabricated house manufacturers. Its many innovations in the field of energy-saving HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) and house design have made the company a pioneer. Experience in this field, coupled with long-term company retention, have resulted in continuous further development in every field.


Henning Larsen Architects
Jakob Strømann-Andersen is partner, and Head of Sustainability Engineering at Henning Larsen. Jakob holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering and he is recognized for his extensive involvement in state-of-the art research, focusing on sustainable and energy-efficient urban developments through daylight. Jakob works to develop data-driven solutions to daylight renovation and retrofitting strategies in urban perspectives, in order to create energy-efficient future communities. He is an experienced communicator of innovative and integrated design processes and daylight schemes, where he strives to connect engineering, architecture and modern technology – essentially forming the basis for successful sustainable results.


Laura Thuillier is part of the Energy Performance of Buildings and Daylighting group at the Chantereine Research and Development Center (CRDC) of Saint-Gobain since 2016 as a Development Engineer. Before that, she was an intern for the modeling Competence Center at CRDC. She received a Master of Engineering in Materials Science from the Ecole Européenne d’ingénieurs en génie des matériaux in 2015. Laura is in charge of Visual Comfort and Daylighting activities at CRDC, developing measurement and modeling capacities as well as monitoring comfort criteria with respect to energy performance and daylighting in green building labels and the academic community.


Lacaton & Vassal
Jean Philippe Vassal was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1954. Graduated from the school of architecture of Bordeaux in 1980. Worked as urban planner in Niger (West Africa) from 1980 to 1985. Professor at the UDK in Berlin since 2012. Visiting professor at the TU in Berlin (2007-11), at the Peter Behrens School of architecture in Düsseldorf 2005, at the EPFL Lausanne in 2010-11, at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2013-2014, at University of Sassari, Alghero in 2014.


CF Møller
Lone Wiggers is an architect maa and has been partner since 1997 in C.F. Møller, at present with a staff of approx. 325 employees divided between six departments in Aarhus, Aalborg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and London. Lone Wiggers has taken part in a large number of projects with a broadness ranging from housing, domiciles, schools, senior institutions, hospitals, museums to planning and design. The projects have been conducted as sketching, project supervisor and design responsible partner. Furthermore, Lone Wiggers has participated in various professional associations as teacher, censor, speaker and chairman of among others the public art society’s architectural board and the Ministry of Culture’s canon. Lone believes in fundamental architectural values, such as: Man in the center, The spirit of Place (Genius Loci), Sustainability in all aspects, timelessness, sensibility in form, space, order and matter, as well as Culture,  history and innovation combined.

Follow us on Twitter to join the conversation on the #DaylightSymposium and get inspiration on healthy and climate-friendly architecture.