Koen Steemers, VELUX Daylight Symposium

How can homes, schools and offices truly support human needs? How can these buildings and others be healthy places for their occupants, while also being energy efficient, respectful of resource consumption and in balance with nature?

Answers to these questions and more will be provided at this year’s VELUX Daylight Symposium for the first time held back to back with VELUX Healthy Buildings Day in one best-practice, knowledge-sharing event in Paris on October 9 and 10, respectively.

The two-day programme seeks to strengthen an evidence-based approach to building-centric design. Furthermore, it aims to build bridges from research to building practices so that scalable solutions can be created and real value can be added to buildings, to the benefit of their owners, users, and society at large.



The VELUX Daylight Symposium, held every second year since 2005, is an internationally recognised event focusing on daylight research, education, practices and policymaking. The 8th Daylight Symposium maintains its broad architectural agenda related to daylight, while sharing new ground-breaking research within a like-minded community. The programme will contain a mix of invited speakers and selected submitted papers related to daylight, building performance and human health, as well as architectural case studies.

7th VELUX Daylight Symposium held in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017, theme “Healthy and Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice”

For more information about previous Daylight Symposiums, click on the menu on the left hand side.





The VELUX Healthy Buildings Day, held every year since 2015, invites policymakers, house builders, building owners and thought-leaders to share and discuss how buildings impact our health and wellbeing. The 4th Healthy Buildings Day will focus on the commercial side and practical applications with architectural focus on cases with VELUX solutions. The programme will contain a deep-dive into building practices, feature a variety of building cases and address pivotal questions such as how do we create buildings that are healthy and fulfil the needs of their users and society at large.

3rd VELUX Healthy Buildings Day held in Brussels on 26 September 2018, theme “Healthy buildings as value drivers”

More information about Healthy Buildings Day 2018 here


The Daylight Symposium is arranged in collaboration with a scientific committee comprised of:

  • John Mardaljevic, Professor of Building Daylight Modelling at the School of Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University
  • Kevin Houser, Professor at Penn State University, Architectural Engineering, and Editor-in-Chief of LEUKOS, the journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society
  • Koen Steemers, Professor at the University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture
  • Marilyne Andersen, Professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Head of Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), Academic Director of smart living lab, Co-Founder of OCULIGHT dynamics
  • Sergio Altomonte, Professor at Université Catholique de Louvain, Architecture et Climat, Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning



We invite all building professionals to join us in Paris to take an active role in a dialogue around vital aspects of building design. It is possible to register for either or both days of the event, as well as the official dinner on 9 October. Deadline for registration is 15 September. Register early as there is a limited number of spaces. Register here

UPDATE: The event is sold out at the moment. You are welcome to register on the waiting list and we will let you know if a space becomes available.

More information about the event here