EVENT. Published: March 3, 2023.

Daylight Talks 2023

Daylight Talks returns for 2023 – The Daylight Talks  explore  the significance  of  natural  light  in  architecture  and  present prominent  architects  and  educators working consciously and qualitatively with daylight in their projects and educational programmes.

The Talks are organised by the VELUX Group in collaboration with individual schools of architecture and they are endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).
Find out more: daylightandarchitecture.com/

For the Daylight Talks from 2024, watch here: https://www.eaae.be/event/daylight-talks-2024/

Presented by

#17 on 14 December 2023
‘Between Capricorn & Cancer’
by Suryawinata (ID) & Florian Heinzelmann (DE) – SHAU Architects
The lecture by SHAU addresses daylighting in tropical regions, exploring design approaches between the quantitative and qualitative, rational and intuitive, formal and informal, while oscillating within these boundaries. Partly growing up and having been trained in the North but operating in the Global South (even though it is geographically more in the middle), SHAU’s journey is one of learning, unlearning, and relearning. The more extreme one is positioned on this planet, say on the poles, the starker the difference between periods of presence and absence of daylight. Less so in the equatorial regions, with a tropical climate where all year-long daylight is available for around 12 hours, where temperature extremes and winter-summer differences are non-existent, but cycles are defined by rainy and dry seasons, ultimately leading to another usage of space resulting in architecture of mediated openness and layering.
All information here and video online from 14.12.2023

#16 on 8 November 2023
‘Rethinking Materiality. Human resources and Natural resources’
by Anupama Kundoo
Anupama is currently Professor at Potsdam School of Architecture, Germany. She is the recipient of the 2021 RIBA Charles Jencks award for her contribution to architectural theory, the 2021 Auguste Perret Prize for architectural technology and the 2021 Building Sense Now global award of the German Sustainable Building Council. Her studios are based in Berlin in Germany, and Pune and Pondicherry in India. Kundoo’s rigorous research and experimentation in new materiality for architecture is the result of questioning basic assumptions, construction habits that humanity has adopted during the long process of industrialization. Rather than focusing on shortage, she sought abundance through investing in human resources and human resourcefulness, such as ingenuity, time, skills, care and sense of community. The act of building produces knowledge just as the resulting knowledge produces buildings.
The Daylight Talk will be available to watch online from 08 November 2023.
All information here and video online

#15 on 5 July 2023 at UIA World Congress of Architects
‘The Geography of Hope’
by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
All information here

#14 on 4 July 2023 at UIA World Congress of Architects
‘Northern Light’
by Dorte Mandrup
All information here

#13 on 3 July 2023 at UIA World Congress of Architects
‘Using Natural Light as Architectural Narrative’ 
by Omar Gandhi
All information here

#12 on 7 June 2023
Rethinking relationships/changing perspectives
by Per Olaf Fjeld
The talk will focus upon the unique relationship between daylight as part of nature and architecture’s capacity to capture and utilize its distinct properties.
Per Olaf Fjeld is professor emeritus at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he taught for many years and was rector for two terms. At present, he runs a small studio with his wife Emily Randall Fjeld. He received a master degree in Louis I. Kahn’s masterclass studio at the University of Pennsylvania, 1972-73, and upon his return to Norway he worked for Sverre Fehn with whom he developed a life-long friendship and experienced many years teaching together at the Oslo school. Fjeld returned to Philadelphia in 1984-5 to do research at the Louis I Kahn Archives on a Fulbright-Hays grant. He participated in The International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD) for 18 years, and he served as the president of the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) for three years.
All information here: https://www.daylightandarchitecture.com/daylight-talk/12-per-olaf-fjeld/

#11 on 2 March 2023
‘Lightscapes’ by Fuensanta Nieto
founding partner of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, in collaboration with IE School of Architecture & Design in Madrid. Professor and former Dean, Martha Thorne presents the talk.
Fuensanta Nieto has worked as an architect since graduating from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University in New York in 1983. She is a founding partner of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and was professor at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Fuensanta Nieto lectures on architecture and participates in juries and symposia at various institutions around the world. From 1986 to 1991 she was co-director of the architectural journal ARQUITECTURA, published by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid.
Watch the video here!


December 14, 2023