Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Athanasios Tzempelikos

Committee Member 1

Qingyan Chen

Committee Member 2

Panagiota Karava

Committee Member 3

Robert Proctor


With perimeter office spaces with large glazing facades being an indisputable trend in modern architecture, human comfort has been in the scope of Building science; the necessity to improve occupants’ satisfaction, along with maintaining sustainability has become apparent, as productivity and even the well-being of occupants are connected with maintaining a pleasant environment in the interior. While thermal comfort has been extensively studied, the satisfaction with the visual environment has still aspects that are either inadequately explained, or even entirely absent from literature. This Thesis investigated most aspects of the visual environment, including visual comfort, lighting energy performance through the utilization of daylight and connection to the outdoors, using experimental studies, simulation studies and human subjects’ based experiments.