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 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”, project leader for the bilateral Polish-Norwegian scientific project STEP, partner of the Translucent façade project and member of the SYN-TES, the Nordic network. Nowadays she is the leader of two NFR projects: “DayLighting” and “HOME”.
She is also strongly involved in the activities of the international organizations: CIE, AIC and IEA and is the member of the CEN international group working on 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 4 PhD-candidates at the Faculty of architecture and is organizing the international PhD-course: Nordic light and colours. She has been opponent for many PhD-projects and reviewer for international scientific journals and conferences.
She has established Light & Colour Group at the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU in 2011 and has been guiding the group since then.
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
- (2015) How we evaluate the view out through the window. Architectural Science Review.
- (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).
- (2005) Wonder-wall. konkurranse: The most energy efficient building in Europe. 2005.
- (2015) Lys i læringsmiljø. 2015. ISBN 978-82-93319-05-4.
- (2014) Farge i byen Colour in the city. 2014. ISBN 978-82-7551-103-2.
- (2013) Nordic Light and Colour 2012. 2013. ISBN 978-82-7551-091-2.
- (2009) Grafisk metode for beregning av dagslysfaktor og estimering av blending- og overopphetingsrisiko. 2009. ISBN 978-82-7551-048-6.
- (2009) Daylighting/lighting for subjects with visual impairment and for subjects with normal vision, a full-scale study in a room laboratory. 2009. ISBN 978-82-7551-050-9.