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.