“Visual Delight in Architecture,” a Book Talk with Lisa Heschong
After an introduction by Alice Sung, author, architect, and educator Lisa Heschong will deliver a brief lecture about daylight and views in architecture and the health and well-being benefits that her deep research has explored. She will highlight both significant findings and the opportunities and implications for current practice. The talk will include a Q&A session with Kira Gould, which will open into a Q&A with the virtual participants.
Lisa Heschong’s new book, “Visual Delight in Architecture” examines the ways our lives are enriched by the presence of natural daylight and window views within our buildings. It makes a compelling case that daily exposure to the rhythms of daylight is essential to health and well-being. All types of designers, along with anyone interested in human health and well-being, will find new insights in the book and Lisa’s approach to the topic. As principal of Heschong Mahone Group, Heschong has led groundbreaking research into the benefits of daylighting. Her research on the impact of daylighting in schools has changed the national conversation about school design. She makes the case the design of building fenestration, and curating the views created by our buildings, is one of the most enduring and important responsibilities of architects. Her approach is accessible, provocative, persuasive, and highly applicable for designers. Heschong’s earlier book, “Thermal Delight in Architecture,” is a classic in the field.
About the Author
Ms. Heschong is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).She was a Founding Principal of the Heschong Mahone Group (HMG) and a licensed architect for 30 years.
At HMG, Ms. Heschong led the research team that found a correlation between daylight in classrooms and improved student performance, and daylight and retail sales. As Chair of the IES Daylight Metrics Committee, she helped establish a new set of climate-based daylight performance metrics, including sDA and ASE.
She is author of Thermal Delight in Architecture; co-author of The Skylighting Guidelines; The Advanced Lighting Guidelines; Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance; along with numerous technical papers on energy performance of buildings. Her newest book Visual Delight in Architecture: Daylight, Vision and View (Routledge 2021) explores new findings on the physiological, cognitive, social and cultural importance of daylight and view in our everyday environments.
She currently serves as Chair of the IES Medal Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Richard Neutra’s “Institute for Survival Through Design” Foundation, and the executive committee of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association, and the Board of Directors of Ecology Action, an environmental non-profit.
She has a B.Sc. from UC Berkeley, and Masters of Architecture from MIT, where she was awarded the AIA School Medal. In 2011 she received the Haecker Award for lifetime achievement from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium
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