2018 Winter School Subject List

Designing with Surfaces & Light (DESA1004) - Opens 03 Oct 2017

Faculty: Architecture, Design and Planning
Department: Architecture, Design and Planning
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Ms Wenye Hu - wenye.hu@sydney.edu.au

(1)  Penny Andreou - penny.andreou@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 08 Jan 2018 
End Date: 16 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 100 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 03 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prohibition: - 



Objects only become visible when light reflects off of them. This unit explores the ways in which light interacts with surfaces, objects, and the human visual system.

Architectural design decisions regarding the lighting, as well as exterior and interior surfaces of a building, alter the perceptual experience of users and should be done thoughtfully.

This unit introduces students to the way humans perceive and experience the built environment. It covers some of the fundamental properties of light, mechanisms of human perception, and the ways that light interacts with surfaces.

The application of these topics to design decisions is also discussed. Students demonstrate their understanding of the presented material and apply their knowledge to critically analyze their own environments.


2 x Assignments (40% & 60%))


Start Date: 08 Jan 2018     End Date: 16 Feb 2018