Background and activities


- PhD Candidate in Colors in architectural context, NTNU, Norway.

- M.Sc. in Sustainable Architecture, NTNU, Norway.

- B.A. in Architecture, Soore University, Iran.

Shabnam Arbab is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Architectural Design, Form and Colour Studies, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU.


Shabnam Arbab is architect and member of the United Iranian Architects of Europe. She has solid work experience of architectural projects, being responsible of small and large scale projects such as Sub-Station Buildings, interior /exterior design of offices, residential buildings, School and hospital in her home country.

She is currently a PhD Candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where she researches about the colour in architectural context and impact of coloured light on visual perception. My current focuses are:

  • Light and colour in the indoor environment
  • Perception of colour
  • Interdisciplinary research between lighting, colour and environmental studies
  • Experimental research
  • Visual evaluation
  • Interaction of colour

She is now an active member of the Light and Colour Group at NTNU.

Area of interest 

  • Architectural Design
  • Light and colour in architecture
  • Lighting and daylighting simulation
  • Environmental Perception
  • Sustainability
  • Energy simulation
  • BREEAM pre-assessment design


Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

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.


  • Arbab, Shabnam; Matusiak, Barbara Szybinska. (2015) Perception of colours illuminated by coloured light. AIC 2015 ; 2015-05-19 - 2015-05-22.
  • Arbab, Shabnam; Matusiak, Barbara Szybinska. (2015) Perception of surface colours illuminated by coloured light. Forum Farge 2015 ; Oslo. 2015-04-17 - 2015-04-17.
  • Arbab, Shabnam; Matusiak, Barbara Szybinska. (2015) The impact of light at the perception of colours in architecture - State of the art study and suggestions for further research. AIC conference 2015 ; Tokyo. 2015-05-19 - 2015-05-22.