Background and activities
Professor Barbara Szybinska Matusiak has seven years architectural practice. During this period she won several closed architectural competitions in Norway. She joined the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU in 1994 as a research fellow. Her doctoral project, supervised by Professor Øyvind Aschehoug, was devoted to daylighting in linear atrium buildings at high latitudes (finished 1998).
Since then she has been involved in many Norwegian and international scientific projects dealing with daylighting and artificial lighting in architecture, e.g. project manager of the “Visual environment in apartment buildings”, partner in the Translucent Façade project and a partner/member of SYN-TES, the Nordic network. Nowadays she leads two RCN projects: “DayLighting” and “HOME”.
She is also strongly involved in the activities of the international organizations: CIE, AIC and IEA and is the Norwegian representative in the CEN group working with the proposal of a new European standard for daylighting in buildings.
She designed the artificial sky and artificial sun for the Daylight laboratory (constructed 2000-2002) and the newest version of the full-scale room laboratory ROMLAB (finished 2006).
Her teaching activities (master courses) are devoted to daylight, artificial light and colour in architecture. She is the supervisor for two PhD-candidates and one post.doc. at the Faculty of architecture and design and is organizing the international PhD-course: Nordic light and colours. She has been opponent for many PhD-projects and reviewer for a number of international scientific journals and conferences.
She has established Light & Colour Group at the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU in 2011 and led the group since then. Since the group has produced research at high scientific level, is very active in research dissemination and has developed large national and international network, it got the centre status: Light & Colour Centre, NTNU.
She is the member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2017) The impact of advanced glazing on colour perception. Journal of the International Colour Association. vol. 17.
- (2017) Sunlight and the Monochrome Linear Relief. Journal of the International Colour Association.
- (2016) Performance Evaluation of Lighting and Daylighting Retrofits: Results from IEA SHC Task 50. Energy Procedia. vol. 91.
- (2016) How we evaluate the view out through the window. Architectural Science Review. vol. 59 (3).
- (2016) Verification of the Accuracy of the Luminance-Based Metrics of Contour, Shape, and Detail Distinctness of 3D Object in Simulated Daylit Scene by Numerical Comparison with Photographed HDR Images. LEUKOS The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
- (2015) Retrofitting the electric lighting and daylighting systems to reduce energy use in buildings: a literature review. Energy Research Journal.
- (2015) Impact of window size and room reflectance on the perceived quality of a room. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. vol. 32 (4).
- (2015) Analysis of Stereoscopic Images as a New Method for Daylighting Studies. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception. vol. 11 (4).
- (2015) Luminance-Based Measures of Shape and Detail Distinctness of 3D Objects as Important Predictors of Light Modeling Concept. Results of a Full-Scale Study Pairing Proposed Measures with Subjective Responses. LEUKOS The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. vol. 11 (4).
- (2015) Luminance-based measures of contour distinctness of 3D objects as a component of light modeling. LEUKOS The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. vol. 11 (1).
- (2014) Solar shading control strategies in cold climates - Heating, cooling demand and daylight availability in office spaces. Solar Energy. vol. 107.
- (2013) Glare from a translucent facade, evaluation with an experimental method. Solar Energy. vol. 97.
- (2012) Low-energy house, back to the 'arestue': a thought experiment about low-energy houses. Architectural Science Review. vol. 55 (2).
- (2008) Issues of intelligent lighting in buildings. Przeglad Elektrotechniczny.
- (2008) Width or height? Which has the strongest impact on the size impression of rooms? Results from full-scale studies and computer simulations. Architectural Science Review. vol. 51 (2).
- (2006) The impact of window wall design on the size impression of the room. Full-scale studies. Architectural Science Review.
- (2005) The limits of the mirror box concept as an overcast sky simulator. Lighting Research and Technology. vol. 37 (4).
- (2004) § The impact of lighting/daylighting and reflectances on the size impression of the room. Full-scale studies. Architectural Science Review. vol. 47 (2).
- (2002) Algorithms for calculation of daylight factors in streets. Lighting Research and Technology. vol. 34.
- (1999) Daylighting strategies for an infinetely long atrium: An experimental evaluation. Lighting Research and Technology. vol. 31 (1).