2018 Design Theory of Architectural Visual Environment

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Graduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Nakamura Yoshiki 
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Course description and aims

Students will obtain simulation and evaluation techniques in visual environment design, which are essential for architectural design and lighting design. Especially they will obtain ability of design based on their own view-point after understanding several pieces of work of famous architects and lighting designers.

Student learning outcomes

Obtaining design technique for light and color in Architecture based on psychophysical values.


light, color, architecture

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The instructor will provide report theme in every lesson, and some of students assigned by the instructor will have presentation in the next lesson.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Visual environment in famous architecture. Understanding visual environment in famous architecture.
Class 2 Tools for visual environment design Understanding tools for visual environment design
Class 3 Method for simulation of visual environment Understanding basic light simulation
Class 4 Procedures for daylight design Understanding methods for daylighting design
Class 5 Examples of daylighting design Obtaining knowledge of real daylighting design
Class 6 Procedures for electrical lighting Understanding method for electrical lighting design
Class 7 Examples of electrical lighting design Obtaining knowledge of real lighting design
Class 8 Color design and lighting design Understanding relation between color design and lighting design


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

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Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluated on all reports submitted in every lesson.

Related courses

  • UDE.E401 : Basics of Design Theory of Visual Environment
  • UDE.E503 : Design Theory of Urban Visual Environment

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students had better to take credit of ‘Basics of Design Theory of Visual Environment’ beforehand.

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