Siobhan Rockcastle

Human-Centric Daylight Performance

Daylight can impact human comfort, emotion, and health, but our building performance models have traditionally evaluated light across a task plane and not from an immersive field-of-view. This presentation will discuss the role of daylight as both a moderator and a stimulant in our experience of architecture. It can enhance our evaluation of space, but it can also have unforeseen effects on our non-visual system – disrupting or entraining circadian cycles. Through her role as co-founder of OCULIGHT dynamics, Siobhan will present a recent package of tools developed to simulate and visualize the dynamic performance of daylight from a human-perspective. She will also present recent work from the Baker Lighting Lab, a founding partner in the Institute for Health in the Built Environment at the University of Oregon. In collaboration with a highly interdisciplinary team, Siobhan’s research is seeking to expand our understanding of performance from the building as an object an immersive human experience.

Siobhan Rockcastle

University of Oregon

Dr. Siobhan Rockcastle is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Director of the Baker Lighting Lab, and co-founder of OCULIGHT dynamics, a company offering specialized daylight design support to promote healthy indoor occupation. She explores topics at the intersection of architectural design, environmental dynamics, perception, and daylight with a focus on human-centric building performance. Siobhan’s current work uses virtual reality to design experiential lighting environments and simulation to integrate new algorithms into practice. She serves on the Board of SimAUD (Symposium for Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design) and is the General Chair for SimAUD 2019 in Atlanta, GA. She received her PhD in 2017 from the LIPID lab at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL), her SMArchS degree in Building Technology from MIT in 2011, and her professional B.Arch form Cornell in 2008. Siobhan’s work has been recognized with a Top Thesis Award from MIT in 2011, a Best Paper award at SimAUD 2012, Special Distinction for her Doctoral Thesis in 2017, and was a Finalist for Les Prix SUD in 2018 and the Latrobe Prize in 2019.