DAYLIGHT + EDUCATION + TOOLS, INTRODUCTION by Jan Ejhed
Architect SAR/SIR/SA & professor
Royal Institute of Technology
There is an increasing interest in daylight and daylight planning in current architecture and urban planning. There are different reasons for this regenerated interest, e.g. sustainability and energy aspects, development of material and technological progress in the field of daylighting in architectural and building design.
The most important changes during later years are new knowledge showing the need of good daylight quality in our everyday environments for human well-being and health biologically and psychologically. The awareness of these factors raises the demand of an improved and extended education for the future.
- The need of understanding of daylight qualities for a good building design and human related environments.
- The current situation with a mix of traditional education methods and tools and modern computer programmes -How does it effect the daylight design of our buildings?
- What are the tendencies, ideas and structure for the future? We successively replace manual methods with computer aided, it is logical, but do we miss something essential?
The complexity of the daylight planning process will increase and the design methodology and the design tools have to be developed and questions that have to be discussed are:
- What do the new tools offer and what do we really need?
- Is there a risk that we miss some really essential qualities?
Jan Ejhed, architect SAR/SIR/SA, is professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). Jan Ejhed has been working in the field of lighting design in his own practice and in educational projects for more than 20 years. He works in both interior and exterior spaces, and has developed a number of innovative systems combining daylight and artificial light. Two of the most renowned projects he has worked on are the Modern Museum and Arlanda Airport, both in Stockholm. Jan Ejhed is president of the European Lighting Designers’ Association (ELDA).