Applying Learning Methods with Architecture Students to Improve Indoor Quality for Health and Wellbeing in Buildings Case Study: Enhancing Lighting Efficiency of Public Spaces


The teaching-learning methods and techniques that can be applied in architecture are various, such as project-based learning, problem-based learning, research-based learning, problem-solving, simulation-based learning, design-build and others. The researcher aims at experimenting and applying such methods in a design class at Faculty of Architecture to manage and improve the environmental quality of the public spaces that will increase the awareness of health and wellbeing aspects of the students. Therefore, the study aims to produce a new methodology for integrating different teaching-learning methods in the interior design course and evaluate the outcomes of the students according to the indoor lighting performance. The case study is based on a real problem in a realistic situation - City Complex Shopping Mall in Tripoli, Lebanon - in which the instructor and the students will analyze and measure the intensity of lighting within the mall atrium, and the extent of its reflection on the validity and functional efficiency of the building. The students with the aid of their instructor will use the Testo Light Meter/Logger and the Echotect Analysis 2010 Software as tools of measurement, simulation and development. The paper proposes successful methods to achieve special criteria for developing indoor quality to increase health and wellbeing aspects of building in general, and produce solutions for improving lighting efficiency of public spaces in particular. Through integrating different teaching-learning methods, the instructor develops and integrates appropriate techniques that will help in monitoring, improving and achieving optimal outcomes of the students' designed proposals, thereby ensuring high educational performance.


Khaled Ahmed El-Sayed El-Daghar

Journal/Conference Information

BAU Journal: Health & Well-Being, Beirut Arab University Press,DOI: N/A, ISSN: 2617-1635, Volume: 1, Issue: Special Issue, Pages Range: 635-646,