Background and activities

Prof. Matusiak has 7 years architectural practice and 13 years experience as professor and researcher at NTNU. Her prof. focus is Light & Colour in architecture

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 NTNU in 1994 as a research fellow. Her doctoral project was devoted to daylighting in linear atrium buildings at high latitudes (finished 1998).

She designed the artificial sky and artificial sun for the new daylight laboratory (constructed 2000-2002) and the new full-scale room laboratory ROMLAB (finished 2006) at the same Faculty.

She has been involved in many Norwegian and international scientific projects dealing with daylighting and artificial lighting in architecture, for example:  project manager of the “Visual environment in department buildings”, project leader for STEP, a bilateral Polish-Norwegian scientific project dealing with sustainable redevelopment of public buildings, member of Zero Emission Building program, partner of the Translucent façade project and member of the Nordic nett-work., SYN-TES

Her teaching activities (mainly master courses) are devoted to daylight/artificial light in architecture and to architectural design of interiors, where light and colour are the most important elements. She is also the leader, together with Karin Fridell Anter, of the international PhD-course: Nordic light and colours, sponsored by NordForsk.

She has funded the Light & Colour Group at the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU in 2011.

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

Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Matusiak, Barbara. (2005) Wonder-wall. konkurranse: The most energy efficient building in Europe. 2005.


  • Angelo, Kine; Matusiak, Barbara Szybinska; Booker, Charles Alexander. (2014) Farge i byen Colour in the city. 2014. ISBN 978-82-7551-103-2.
  • Matusiak, Barbara; Fridell Anter, Karin. (2013) Nordic Light and Colour 2012. 2013. ISBN 978-82-7551-091-2.
  • Matusiak, Barbara. (2009) Grafisk metode for beregning av dagslysfaktor og estimering av blending- og overopphetingsrisiko. 2009. ISBN 978-82-7551-048-6.
  • Matusiak, Barbara; Fosse, Per. (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.
  • Aschehoug, Øyvind; Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Hestnes, Anne Grete; Novakovic, Vojislav; Matusiak, Barbara; Ryghaug, Marianne; Aune, Margrethe; Berker, Thomas; Stene, Jørn; Bye, Robert. (2007) Smarte energieffektive bygninger. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2007. ISBN 978-82-519-2237-1.

Part of book/report

  • Matusiak, Barbara Szybinska; Arbab, Shabnam. (2014) Hvordan er opplevelsen av farger påvirket av lys?. Farge i byen Colour in the city.
  • Zaikina, Veronika; Matusiak, Barbara Szybinska; Kløckner, Christian. (2014) NEW MEASURES OF LIGHT MODELLING. PROCEEDINGS of CIE 2014 "Lighting Quality and Energy Efficiency".
  • Anter, Karin Fridell; Matusiak, Barbara. (2013) Course "Nordic Light and Colours" held at NTNU in April 2012. AIC Colour 2013, 12th Congress of the International Colour Association, 8-12 July, 2013, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Proceedings, Vol 1-4.
  • Fridell Anter, Karin; Matusiak, Barbara. (2013) Course "Nordic Light and Colour". Nordic Light and Colour 2012.

Postal address

Department of Architectural Design, Form and Colour Studies Norwegian University of Science and Technology 7491 Trondheim Norway