Student Work

  • Interior Design (MFA), Lighting Design (MFA)

    Sunmin Park

    Light as a Teacher: Environment for Early Childhood Education

    There has been a lot of research that examines the relationship between the quantity of light and student performance. According to the Heschong Mahone Group, for example, elementary school children learn better in classrooms with substantial daylight. These studies provide a general sense that students perform better with more daylight, but the recommendations for light are not specific to tasks or activities. Kindergarten children need different qualities of light for different curricula and tasks. The need involves not the quantity of light, but rather the quality of light. Having chiaroscuro, or different qualities of light, for different tasks in kindergarten makes the space more functional and turns light into a learning tool. This thesis explores the use of daylight as a teaching material associated with curriculum in kindergartens. Light is teaching.