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Villian Lo

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Biography

Villian Lo is a PhD candidate at the Architecture Department of the University of Cambridge, supported by the Cambridge Overseas Trust and Emmanuel College. Her research interests focus on lighting perception and architecture. Measurable factors alone cannot fully account for lighting perception which often addresses social dimensions, including personal expectation and experience. Through an analysis of concert lighting for Cambridge King’s College Chapel, her PhD explores the intricate relationship between subjective responses and objective parameters of light. This study applies the analytical framework of acoustics in lighting research, and combines innovatively with different experimental techniques to better understand the subjective-objective connection.

Villian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham, an MPhil in Environmental design from the University of Cambridge, and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff. She has worked as an architectural assistant in London and Cambridge on airport and school design projects, and as a researcher at Cambridge Architectural Research Limited. She is currently a Co-President of the GreenBRIDGE Society, and Editor for the Scroope 22 Cambridge Architectural Journal. She served previously as an organiser for the Martin Centre Research Seminars, a Convenor of the In-Situ PhD Colloquium, and an auditor for the Cambridge Green Challenge.