New staff in AIL

Priji Balakrishnan specialises in sustainable built environment design, focusing on daylighting design, analysis, and prediction. She enjoys collaborating across disciplines, integrating knowledge from various domains to create built environments that not only adhere to sustainable principles but also embody values of placemaking, well-being, and comfort. Her current research centres on characterising location-specific daylight for predicting visual and non-visual effects of light. In 2021, she was awarded the European Union’s flagship research and innovation funding, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, to research daylight colour and patterns across latitudes at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB). Prior to her work in Berlin, Priji was an environmental consultant at Atelier Ten Singapore, developing holistic sustainable, daylight and solar strategies for diverse projects in equatorial and tropical latitudes. An active member of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and Daylight Academy (DLA), Priji holds a PhD from the Singapore University of Technology and Design in Singapore, a Master’s from the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London, and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from India. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Architecture and Intelligent Living Lab at KIT and guest researcher at the Chair of Lighting Technology, TUB.