Baker Lighting Lab secures grant from PNNL to study Virtual Lighting Perception

Baker Lighting Lab, under the supervision of Assistant Professor Siobhan Rockcastle, has secured a grant from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to study the perceptual accuracy of solid state lighting in an array of virtual displays, including HDR and VR screens.  This research will include a pilot study on the U of O campus this summer.  Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more about this project.

Paper on occupant-centric daylight analytics accepted to Building Simulation 2019 in Rome

A peer-reviewed paper, titled “The case for occupant-centric daylight analytics: a comparison of horizontal illumination and immersive view” had been accepted to the proceedings for Building Simulation 2019 in Rome.  Siobhan Rockcastle co-authored this paper with Marilyne Andersen from the EPFL in Switzerland and Maria Amundadottir from OCULIGHT analytics in Iceland.

Siobhan Rockcastle provides the opening address at SimAUD 2019

As General Chair of SimAUD 2019, Dr. Siobhan Rockcastle worked with Dr. Tarek Rakha, Program Chair to organize the 10th anniversary of SimAUD in Atlanta, Georgia.  Working with our Scientific Chairs, Dr. Tea Zakula, Dr. Dimitris Papanikolaou, and Dr. Carlos Davila, the organizing team welcomed over 40 authors from 18 countries who presented original peer-reviewed research papers.  Kicking off the symposium with a welcome address, Siobhan recapped 10-years of SimAUD and the growing impacts of this community on simulation in architecture and urban design.  To read the proceedings, please visit the SimAUD site and download here.

Siobhan Rockcastle & Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg present at Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Siobhan Rockcastle and Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg were invited to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) on Wednesday, Dec 5th to present IHBE’s research on ‘Designing Health in the Built Environment.’  Attended by medical researchers in sleep medicine and occupational health, UO faculty are working to set-up ongoing collaborations with scientists doing clinical and preventative research on the effects of indoor environments on human health.

Student work from ‘A Celebration of Light’

This past weekend, Professor Siobhan Rockcastle and James Carpenter from JCDA led a 3-day workshop exploring the effects of daylight on perception.  Students in the School of Architecture & Environment captured instances of light phenomena and then produced physical constructs through which they attempted to re-create the perceptual effect.  Explorations included a study of color, reflectivity, projected light, transposed light, and caustic dynamics.  Funding for this workshop was provided by the Edward Allen Fund for Technical Teaching.


James Carpenter lecture | 10.19 | 5:30 pm

Join us on Friday, October 19 at 5:30pm in LA 206.

James Carpenter has worked at the intersection of architecture, fine art, and engineering for nearly 50 years, advancing a distinctive vision based on the use of natural light as the foundational element of the built environment. Originally studying architecture before concentrating on the fine arts, Carpenter founded the cross-disciplinary design firm James Carpenter Design Associates in 1979 to support the application of these aesthetic principles to large-scale architectural projects. Carpenter’s work is driven by a deep awareness of materiality and craft as a means of enhancing the individual human experience within the built environment.

Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Smithsonian National Environment Design Award. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Mellon Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago.

James Carpenter to offer a weekend workshop October 19-21

James Carpenter will offer a weekend workshop October 19-21 in Eugene on the perception of an overcast sky.  This workshop is offered for 1 credit and includes a structured design exercise, lecture, and critiques over 3 days (registration information here).  The workshop is co-taught by Prof. Siobhan Rockcastle and Jame Carpenter, principal at James Carpenter Design Associates in New York.  A public lecture  will take place as part of the workshop on Friday, October 19 at 5:30 pm.