We are pleased to announce the official programme comprised of 3 plenary and 4 parallel sessions with more than 40 speakers for the 8th VELUX Daylight Symposium at Le Carreau du Temple in Paris on 9 October 2019

Please note changes may occur


09.00 – 10.00

Arrival & registration


10.00 – 10.10

Welcome by David Briggs, CEO of the VELUX Group (DK)

10.10 – 11.30

Plenum Session I

Moderators Michel Langrand, Consultant, MLCG Consulting (FR) & Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Associate Professor, University of Oregon (US)

“Daylight and Energies” by Nicolas Michelin​, Architect and Urban Planner, Founding Partner​, ANMA​ (FR)

Till Roenneberg, Professor​, Head of Human Chronobiology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (DE)

“Visual Delight – The Importance of Views in the Workplace” by Lisa Heschong, Independant Consultant​ Fellow, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (US)

“The Rise of Human Centric Lighting” by Kevin Houser, Professor, Penn State University, Editor-in-chief, LEUKOS (US)

11.30 – 12.00



12.00 – 13.30

Plenum Session II

Moderators Michel Langrand, Consultant, MLCG Consulting (FR) & Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Associate Professor, University of Oregon (US)

“Environmental Surfing for Health, Productivity and a Resilient Future” by Vivian Loftness, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (US)

“Light and Architecture” by Cui Kai, Architect, Founding Partner​, Cui Kai Studio​ (CN)

“Can Natural Lighting Shape Architecture?” by Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, Architect, Founding Partner & Aline Branders, Architect,​ A2M (BE)

“The Multi-Layer City, Reinventing Paris” by Rasmus Astrup, Architect​, SLA (DK) & Frederic Chartier, Architect, Partner, Chartier-Dalix Architects (FR)

“Value of Daylight in Office Buildings” by Christoph Reinhart, Professor, Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)

13.30 – 14.30



14.30 – 16.30

Break-out sessions: Panel discussions with researchers, practitioners and other building professionals



“Creating Architecture with Daylight” by Steffen Vogt, Architect, Partner​, Wulf Architekten​ (DE)

“Daylight Amenity Impacts in the Growing City” by Phillip Greenup, Senior Lighting Designer,​ ARUP​ (AU)

“Daylight and the Experience of Landscape” by Martin Schwartz, Architect, Associate Professor,​ Lawrence Technological University (US)​

“Daylight a Concept and a Design Deriver” by Maha Shalaby, Architect​, White Arkitekter​ (SE)

“Changing Towards Daylight’s Changeability” by Merete Madsen, Lighting Designer, Architect,​ SWECO​ (DK)

“Case Studies by cepezed and its Human Response to Daylight in Architecture” by Ronald Schleurholts, Architect, Owner,​ CEPEZED​ (NL)

“Skylight Illumination Design of Primary Education Building Space” by Song Yehao, Professor,  Director, Tsinghua University (CN)


Moderator Kevin Houser, Professor, Oregon State University (US)

“Is Daylight Glare Perceived Differently by People from Different Cultures?” by Clotilde Pierson, PhD Candidate, University of Louvain​ (BE)​

“The Colour(s) of the Sky – Bridging the Theory and Practice: Implementation, Benefits and Application Areas” by Aicha Diakite, Research Associate, Scientific Project Manager, Technical University of Berlin​ (DE)

“An Explorative Study on the Impact of Daylight and View among Operating Room Nurse” by Marielle Aarts, Assistant Professor, Chairman of the board,  Eindhoven University of Technology​ (NL)

“Effects of Different Indoor Daylight Exposure on Sleep, Visual Confort and Energy Consumption” by Carlo Volf, Architect, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen (DK)

Interaction of Daylight and Electric Light on Subjective Light Appraisals in Office Environments” by Samantha Peeters, PhD Candidate​, Eindhoven University of Technology​ (NL)​

“Photographic Obstruction Maps – Shadow Responsive Shading Control in Dense Cities” by Andy McNeil, Specialist​, Kinestral Technologies​ (US)

“Urban Daylight Signature” by Giulio Antonutto, Associate Director​ & Santiago Torres, Lightning Designer, ARUP​ (UK)


Moderator Lisa Heschong, Independant Consultant,​ Fellow, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (US)

“Applying the New European Daylighting Standard to Enhance Daylight Quality in Dense Urban Environments”

by Werner Osterhaus, Professor, Researcher​, Aarhus University​ (DK)​

“Impact of the New European Standard EN17037 “Daylight in Buildings” on Building Design” by Bernard Paule, Director​, ESTIA​ (CH)

”Early Stage Building Optimization Using External Facade Metrics” by Max Tillberg, Engineer​, Bengt Dahlgren​ (SE)

“Combining Human Centric and Quantitative Tools for On-Site Visual Comfort Assessment” by Tatiana Severin-Fabiani, Research Engineer​, Saint-Gobain​ (FR)​ & Yannick Sutter, Founder, Manager, Lumibien (FR)

“IEA Activities Towards Standardizations for Daylight System Characterizations and Hourly Rating Methods” by David Geisler-Moroder, Engineer, Researcher​, Bartenbach​ (AT)​ & Jan de Boer, Group manager, Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics (DE)

“Daylight Modeling and Simulation Standards” by Zack Rogers, President, Daylighting Innovations, Co-founder, Director of Engineering, LightLouver (US)

“Daylight and the Indoor Microbiome” by Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Associate Professor​, University of Oregon (US)​


Moderator Marc Fontoynont, Professor, Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University (DK)

“Window Size Effects on the Atmosphere of Daylit Spaces at High Latitudes” by Claudia Moscoso, Researcher​, Norwegian University of Science and Technology​ (NO)​

“Using Virtual Reality to Validate New Metrics for Prediction of Daytime View-Out Quality and Privacy” by Steffen Petersen, Researcher​, Aarhus University​ (DK)​​

“What Attracts Our Visual Attention? A Study on Saliency Mapping for Architectural Daylit Scenes Based on Virtual Reality Data” by Caroline Karmann, Researcher​, EPFL​ (CH)

“Immersive Views Outdoors to Assess the Mediating Effect of Time in View Preference” by Francisca Rodriguez, PhD Candidate​, Queensland University of Technology​ (AU)​

“Crowd-based Illuminance Maps: Comparing Daylight Perception in Virtual Reality to Empirical Metrics” by Muhammad Hegazy, PhD Candidate​, Osaka Univeristy​ (JP)​

“Light, Architecture, and our Experience of Space: Human Responses to Facade and Daylight Composition” by Kynthia Chamilatori, Researcher​, EPFL​ (CH)​

“Designing Visually Accessible Spaces: Predicting Visibility During the Design Phase” by Rob Shakespeare, Professor and Researcher, Indiana University (US)

16.30 – 17.00



17.00 – 18.10

Plenum Session III

Moderators Michel Langrand, Consultant, MLCG Consulting (FR) & Lars Hansen, Director, Villum Foundation (DK)

“Designing with Sun, Wind and Water” by Hiroshi Sambuichi, Architect, Founding Partner​, Sambuichi Architects​ (JP)

“Radiance – the Interaction of Light and Matter in Building Simulations” by Greg Ward​, Scientist​, Anyhere Software, Dolby Laboratories (US)

“Designing in Natural Light” by Hugh Dutton, Architect, Founding Partner,​ HDA (FR)

18.10 – 18.30

Daylight Symposium closure

“An Illustrated Address” by Thomas Vonier, Architect​ President, International Union of Architects (FR)

David Briggs, CEO of the VELUX Group (DK)

18.30 – 19.00



19.00 – 21.00

Event dinner at Le Carreau du Temple


More information about Daylight Symposium 2019 speakers here