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Environmental Systems II: Acoustics & Lighting


This course will begin by presenting lighting systems available to the designer, along with methods of light measurement and predictions of light levels useful during the design phase. We will review in detail specific light sources (lamps), light distribution techniques, light fixtures, and discuss methods of illustration for a lighting design. We will visit and analyze examples of various lighting designs. The second half of the course offers an introduction to architectural acoustics. Included will be the study of sound isolation, sound absorption, mechanical system noise and vibration control, and environmental noise control. The course will include exercises in the measurement of sound sources using a sound level meter, and will review available acoustical treatments and materials. We will also visit a facility designed for music performance and/or sound recording to study acoustical design strategies.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fulfills MArch: Required
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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