HS2009 Light and Space-Indoor 15.0 credits

Ljus och rum-inomhusbelysning

Please note

The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

  • Students should gain the required knowledge within indoor lighting design, including the understanding of architectural qualities of indoor spaces' structures and user's needs, and the quantitive technical and regulatory requirements.
  • Students shall transfer the acquired knowledge from previous courses into the indoor lighting design process.
  • Students shall develop a complex lighting design project, from concept to realization, including calculation tools and framing aspects as sustainability, energy and economy. The solution must coordinate daylight conditions on site, electric lighting and control feasibilities.
  • Students shall train and develop skills to work collaboratively in teams and independently reflect over their methodology and results, in order to be able to abstract them from the given context.
  • Students should express a professional attitude in all the phases of the design process and train communication skills.

Course main content

  • Indoor lighting design process: methodology and tools
  • Theoretical basis in concept and calculation for indoor lighting
  • Application of tools in a complex design process
  • Full-scale tests and mock-ups
  • Methods for treatment of sustainability, energy, maintenance and economical aspects
  • Presentation techniques and communication skills


Content’s structure:

Daylight Basics 
  (Concepts, units, tools)

Design Methodology II
 (Process, calculation, rendering)

Technology II 
  (Luminaires, Energy, Control systems)

Room Space Theory 
  (Indoor Scale)

Indoor Lighting Design (project)


The eligibility as required for the programme, or the equivalent knowledge in Architecture or related field.


Corrodi, Michelle. Spechtenhauser, Klaus. (2008) Illuminating – natural light in residential architecture.

Cuttle, Christopher. (2003) Lighting by design.

Cuttle, C. (2015). Lighting Design: A Perception-Based Approach, Routledge

Daylight and architecture. Velux Magazine.

DiLaura, Houser, Mistrick & Steffy. (2010) Lighting Handbook, 10th ed, IESNA.

Fontoynont, M. (1999). Daylight Performance of Buildings, Routledge

Lam, William (1992) Perception and lighting as form givers for architecture.

Lam, William (2011) Sunlighting As Formgiver for Architecture.

Plummer, Henry. (2009) The Architecture of Natural Light.

Peter Tregenza et al (2011) Daylighting: Architecture and Lighting Design.

Reinhart, C. (2014) Lighting Handbook, 10th ed, IES

Plus recommended and mandatory literature presented during the course.


  • INLA - Workbook, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PROA - Project, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • PROB - Project, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

The course has three examination modules, a workbook (INLA), a daylight project (PROA) and a lighting design project (PROB).

The course evaluation is a combination of design task and workbook grades, which reflect teamwork and individual achievements.

The design task evaluation includes: Vision and Concept, Process, End result, Presentation.

The personal learning process is assessed through the workbook in relation to these critera: Completeness, Structure, Depth of reflections and Research.

Detailed description of assessment methodology is provided at the beginning of each course.

Requirements for final grade

To receive a final grade for this course, grade E or higher on the workbook (report of lectures, process and reflections) and the lighting design project (process and seminars) is required, as well as a passing grade on the daylight project. 80 % attendance is also required.

Overall course grade is based on grading scale A-F.

Offered by

ABE/Lighting Design


Rodrigo Muro (rema@kth.se), Isabel Dominguez (isabeld@kth.se)


Rodrigo Eduardo Muro Avendano <rodrigo.muro@arch.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2017.