This study was conducted under the auspices of a Vital Signs grant during
Spring, 1998 at the University of Virginia, School
of Architecture. The faculty advisor was Michael
Bednar. Students Brad Koerner and Sarah Row conducted the Rotunda study
whereas Karen Kelley and Timothy Michael studied Caplin Pavilion.
This is a study of the daylighting in two similar spaces with a vertical axis both at the University of Virginia. The historic Rotunda is a circular domed space whereas the new Caplin Pavilion is an orthogonal space with a clerestory. Architecture students conducted daylighting measurements under cloudy and sunny sky conditions and analyzed the data to determine distribution patterns. Visual comfort in these spaces was also assessed.