The undergraduate lighting courses taught at CLTC are offered through the UC Davis Department of Design, under the College of Letters and Science. CLTC Director Dr. Michael Siminovitch teaches Designing with Light (DES 136B), an introductory lighting design course that culminates with students designing, developing and building prototypes of fully functional LED luminaires. Students learn about the technical and aesthetic considerations involved in selecting and manipulating materials, optics and light distribution to create lighting systems that reflect good design principles in terms of form, function, energy efficiency, and visual appeal.
CLTC Co-director Dr. Konstantinos Papamichael teaches two undergraduate daylighting courses for interior design students. DES 137A introduces students to daylighting concepts and daylight simulation and design tools. Students develop scale models of interior designs then study how daylight affects their designs throughout the year, using scale model tests and photographic studies conducted outdoors and in CLTC’s Heliodon. Course objectives include understanding the effect of daylight on occupants’ health and comfort, both in terms of vision and temperature. Students also learn to assess how daylighting designs affect energy efficiency and the perception of interior designs.
In DES 137B, students undertake a year-round daylight performance evaluation in a real space of their choosing and redesign the interior and/or building envelope to improve performance. The testing and evaluation is performed using real space and scale model photography on site as well as in CLTC’s Heliodon. Through the course, students learn to conduct a thorough evaluation of daylight performance; identify advantages and disadvantages of a specific architectural/interior design; and think of ways to improve performance.