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ARCH 8230

Light Studies – Guest Lecturer Victor Olgyay from RMI

ARCH 8230: Building Synthesis, taught by Professor Mark Rylander, is taken in the final Fall semester of the M. Arch curriculum as part of a series of courses geared towards the technical aspects of architecture such as Structure, HVAC, etc. Today, Victor Olgyay of Rocky Mountain Institute came as a guest lecturer to talk about how to design daylighting in buildings. We learned how to use the “heliodon” as a tool for simulating sun angles of any season, how to read a light meter, as well as functions to adjust the level of intensity of the sun for different seasons of the year for accurate light levels.

A student explaining Design Intentions regarding Light and Glazing.

Adjusting the heliodon to simulate winter sun angles.

The blue box is simulating an adjacent room that was not modeled. It was great to see how quickly this type of study could be done without too much fuss. Corrugated cardboard, masking tape, honeycomb board, random boxes laying around, etc. Anything goes.

A student reading the light meter.

Seeing the winter sun inside the room.

Professor Mark Rylander explaining the normalizing function for adjusting sun intensity for different times of the year.

It was a really nice break from sitting indoors in a classroom all day, and great hands on experience. Thanks to both Mark Rylander and Victor Olgyay for an awesome lesson!

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