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Assignment 2 (60%): Evaluation of a Lighting Design
Please read all instructions before commencing this assignment.
Assignment 2 enables students to respond directly to knowledge acquired from course
modules (4 to 10) as well as utilise lighting design terminology, personal research and
observation. This assignment presents students with the opportunity to identify and
develop lighting design strategies for architectural spaces.
Imagine the following scenario.
As you are just about to complete your unit of study ‘Designing with Surfaces and Light’ and have
commenced a Lighting Design Internship for a small lighting design firm. Your boss is looking for a
person to take on the job of writing a Lighting Master Plan for an interior retail space and wants to
see if you will be suitable for the project.
Your boss has requested that you complete the following task:
Select the interior of a retail space where you can analyse the electric light and daylight. You
will need to be able to observe your space during daylight hours.
[Hint: Consider selecting an area where you are able to observe your space for a period of time.]
If a retail space is inaccessible to you, contact your lecturer joelene.elliott@sydney.edu.au
to discuss alternative.
[Hint: Consider analysing a café, restaurant, bookshop, shopping centre, waiting area, food court or cinema
foyer. If you select a large area chose only a portion of the space to observe.]
1) Investigate your space.
Now that you have selected your space, take time to get to understand your space. You can learn
more about your space through observation, research as well as knowledge acquired from DESA1004
modules.
Your first task is to present a concise description of your selected space.
(200 words, maximum mark 10/10)
[Hint: You may like to include name, location, approximate year the lighting was installed, approximate year
the daylighting component was designed, demography of the users, cultural or historical significance, energy
initiatives (if any) – It is up to you to decide the most relevant information to include in this section.]

0 1 2 3 4 5
No serious attempt Description requires
improvement
Description requires
some improvement
An appropriate
description
An informative
description
An informative and well
considered description
0 1 2 3 4 5
No serious attempt Comprehension skills*
require significant
improvement
Comprehension skills*
require improvement
Appropriate
comprehension skills*
Good comprehension
skills*
Excellent
comprehension skills*

* Comprehension skills include (but are not limited to) within wordcount criterion, accurate information, ability to write in a concise manner,
organisational structure and the appropriate use of grammar and spelling.
2) Visual tasks within the space
Write a paragraph about the visual tasks that are required within your space. In this
paragraph you should identify the lighting that is currently within your space to
facilitate these tasks. If your space lacks lighting to facilitate visual tasks, identify

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how lighting should be implemented (to assist these tasks). Include at least one
citation from your personal research.
(200 words, maximum mark 10/10)

0 1 2 3 4 5
No serious attempt Little knowledge of
visual tasks
± little or no
research
Improve knowledge of
visual tasks
± dubious
research
Appropriate
understanding of visual
tasks
± appropriate
research
Good understanding of
visual tasks
± in-depth
study of relevant
reference material
Excellent understanding
of visual tasks
± in
depth study of
complicated relevant
reference material
0 1 2 3 4 5
No serious attempt Comprehension skills*
require significant
improvement
Comprehension skills*
require improvement
Appropriate
comprehension skills*
Good comprehension
skills*
Excellent
comprehension skills*

* Comprehension skills include (but are not limited to) within wordcount criterion, accurate information, ability to write in a concise manner,
organisational structure and the appropriate use of grammar and spelling.
3) Read the following statements.
Good lighting:
1. Is where the art and science of lighting merge.
2. Creates lighting solutions which add to the pleasure of being in a space.
3. Does not seem like it is an addition to the space (compliments the
architecture).
[Note: These points are not listed in any particular order]
Select the statement that is most relevant to your selected space (1, 2 or 3).
Explain why and how your selected statement is relevant to your chosen space, and
include at least one citation from the course modules.
(200 words, maximum mark 15/15)
[Example: Within my selected space, light fittings and fixtures have been located in a discreet manner.
Techniques such as cove lighting and the use of glare shields have been employed. This design approach
enables the occupants of the space to focus on the structural elements of the interior rather than the light
sources. The techniques (in my selected space) are reminiscent of the design approach employed by Speers
and Major (2010) in their lighting of the Grand Mosque]

0 1 or 2 3 or 4 5 or 6 7 or 8 9 or 10
No serious attempt Understanding of the
relationship between
statement and space
requires improvement
±
little or no research
The relationship
between statement and
space requires
improvement
± dubious
research
Appropriate relationship
between statement and
space
± appropriate
research
Good relationship
between statement and
space
± in-depth study
of relevant reference
material
Excellent relationship
between statement and
space
± in-depth study
of complicated relevant
reference material
0 1 2 3 4 5
No serious attempt Comprehension skills*
require significant
improvement
Comprehension skills*
require improvement
Appropriate
comprehension skills*
Good comprehension
skills*
Excellent
comprehension skills*

* Comprehension skills include (but are not limited to) within wordcount criterion, accurate information, ability to write in a concise manner,
organisational structure and the appropriate use of grammar and spelling.
± This symbol represents ‘and/or’
4) Read the following statement about the modern motivations of daylighting:
1.
Architectural: the interplay of natural light and building form to provide a
visually stimulating, healthful, and productive interior environment.
2.
Lighting Energy Savings: the replacement of indoor electric illumination
needs by daylight, resulting in reduced annual energy consumption for
lighting.

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3.
Building Energy Consumption: the use of fenestration* systems and
responsive electric lighting controls to reduce overall building energy
requirements (heating, cooling, lighting).
4.
Load Management: dynamic control of fenestration and lighting to manage
and control building peak electric demand and load.
5.
Cost: the use of daylighting strategies to minimize operating costs and
maximize output, sales, or productivity.
*light infiltrating through an opening or transparent surface
[Note: These points are not listed in any particular order]
Select one statement that is the least relevant to your selected space. Using information
that you have learned from your unit (DESA1004) as well as scholarly/credible research
write a paragraph as to how the consideration of this point could be used to enhance your
space. Include at least one citation from course modules and one citation from your
personal research.
(200 words, maximum mark 15/15)
[Hint: I selected point one. In the restaurant I observed the daylighting provides sufficient illumination for the
customers to read menus. But the daylighting does not enhance the interior environment. I look to lighting
design handbooks and information from course modules to provide specific suggestions as to how this can be
improved].

0 1 or 2 3 or 4 5 or 6 7 or 8 9 or 10
No serious attempt Little consideration ±
little or no research
Further consideration ±
dubious research
Appropriate
consideration
±
appropriate research
Good consideration ± in
depth study of relevant
reference material
Highly unique concepts
± in-depth study of
complicated relevant
reference material
0 1 2 3 4 5
No serious attempt Comprehension skills*
require significant
improvement
Comprehension skills*
require improvement
Appropriate
comprehension skills*
Good comprehension
skills*
Excellent
comprehension skills*

5) Knowledge of the human visual system
As designers, understanding how the human visual system enables us to predict how the
majority of people will perceive objects and an environment.
From the information in modules 9 and 10, select one thing that interests you about the
human visual system. Write a paragraph as to how this information is relevant to design.
Include at least one citation from your personal research.
[Note: This section does not have to be directly related to lighting design]

0 1 2 3 4 5
No serious attempt Little knowledge of
course modules
± little
research
Improve knowledge of
course modules
±
improve research
Appropriate knowledge
of course modules
±
appropriate research
Good knowledge of
course modules
± in
depth study of relevant
reference material
Excellent knowledge of
course modules
± highly
unique concepts
± in
depth study of
complicated relevant
reference material
0 1 2 3 4 5
No serious attempt Comprehension skills*
require significant
improvement
Comprehension skills*
require improvement
Appropriate
comprehension skills*
Good comprehension
skills*
Excellent
comprehension skills*

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Assignment guidelines, hints and tips:
Ensure your referencing is in a scholarly format. APA is preferred. If you would like to
use another format, please note on your reference list page what style you are using.
Details of all works cited within the assignment should be included on a reference
list page.
The total word limit is 1000 words, not including references, citations or quotations.
Plus or minus 10% of the word count (for each question) will not be penalised.
Wherever possible, your writing should be concise, formal and analytical rather than
descriptive.
Write in the third, second or first person. It is up to you to select but remain
consistent.
Use double line spacing and size 14 Aerial or Times font.
Ensure the file size does not exceed 40 MB.
Upload your assignment as a Microsoft Word document.
TIP: If you haven’t already, get involved on the Discussions page. Use this forum to
ask questions, present ideas and engage with other students.
*This assignment is an individual assessment. Personal research and reflections should
not be shared with other students in this course.

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