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Marie-Claude Dubois

Marie-Claude Dubois
Marie-Claude Dubois is expert on sustainable architectural design, focusing on energy efficiency of the building envelope, daylighting, and electric lighting.


Marie-Claude Dubois is expert on sustainable design for White architects (20%) and associate professor (80%) at the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, Lund University, Sweden. She is currently on research and teaching sabbatical at SLU, the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences, Alnarp. She has previously been associate professor (2003-2010) at Laval University, Canada, and senior researcher (2001-2003) within the Daylight Group of the Danish Building Research Institute after award of a PhD at the Faculty of Engineering of Lund University (2001). She has contributed to more 100 scientific communications in the field of daylighting, building simulation, energy and climatic design. She has previously been Subtask leader of International Energy Agency Task 50 and Task 41. Marie-Claude teaches many courses at LTH, where sustainability, global energy use and climate change are central themes.


Courses at SLU, Alnarp:

  • ‘Horticulture’, one lecture on horticulture and bulidings, course responsible: Lars Mogren.
  • ‘Animalieproduktion 1 och Djurhållningens teknologi’ TN0340, one lecture on heat balance calculation, course responsible: Torsten Hörndahl
  • ‘Byggnadskonstruktion A’, TN0254, one lecture on moisture transport in building envelope, course responsible: Knut-Håkan Jeppson


Courses as part of international Master degree in Energy-efficient and environmental building, Lund University, Campus Helsingborg:

  • ‘Daylighting and lighting buildings’ (7,5 ECTS), Jan-Mar 2013-today, main course responsible 100%
  • ‘Office buildings integrating daylighting and ventilation’ (15 ECTS), Mar-May 2013-today, course responsible 50%
  • ‘Public buildings integrating solar energy and life-cycle cost analysis’, Nov-Dec 2013 (15 ECTS), course responsible 50%
  • ‘Passive house integrating thermal and moisture issues’ (15 ECTS), Nov-Dec 2012-2015, course responsible 50%
  • ‘Energy use and thermal comfort in buildings’ (7,5 ECTS), Sept-Nov 2012-2015, course responsible 50%


Courses taught at the Institute of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University:

  • ‘Hållbar arkitektur gestaltning’ (Sustainable architectural design, 9 ECTS), 2015-today, main course responsible, School of Architecture, LTH
  • ‘Hållbar teknik i byggd miljö’ (Sustainable technology in the built environment, 3 ECTS), 2015-today, main course responsible, School of Architecture, LTH
  • ‘Climate smart architecture’, spring 2012-today, responsible for lectures and tutorials, Course responsible: Erik Johansson.
  • ‘Energieffektiv belysningsplanering’ (energy-efficient lighting planning), Högskolan i Jönköping, spring 2012, responsible for a third of the lectures and assignments. Course responsible: Lars Vegehall, associate professor.
  • ‘Solar Energy and Architecture’ (3 hp), spring 2011, main responsible for the course (lectures and assignments).
  • ‘Arkitekturteknik 4 - Energi och Installationsteknik’, spring 2011-2012, lecture and exercise on energy balance of buildings, Course responsible: Birgitta Nordqvist, associate professor.
  • ‘Hållbart stadsbyggande’, spring 2011-2012, lecture on net-zero energy cities, Course responsible Per Björkeroth.


  • ‘Koppling mellan dagsljus och energiparametrar i täta stadsmiljöer’ (2020-2023), Licentiate project funded by Skanska and SBUF, 4 MSEK.
  • ’Solving the BIM + energy performance + healthcare equation: Tool and work process for cost-effective and energy performing healthcare design’ (2019-2022), Licentiate project funded by White arkitekter and Swedish Energy Agency, 2 MSEK.
  • ’Daylight in the dense city’ (2016-2020), project leader, in collaboration with: BAU arkitekter, White arkitekter, Skanska, NCC, Bengt Dahlgren. Funded by Swedish Energy Agency and SBUF 3,5 MSEK (Swedish Energy Agency), 300 000 SEK (ARQ stiftelse).
  • ’Daylight utilization in Buildings’ (2016-2017), project leader, in collaboration with: BAU arkitekter, White arkitekter, Skanska, NCC, Bengt Dahlgren. Funded by Swedish Energy Agency and SBUF 1,2 MSEK.
  • ’Solavskärmningar i ett helhetsperspektiv: från energieffektivitet till energiproduktion och från produkt till arkitektur’ (2016-2017), participant, in collaboration with SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut (resp. Peter Kovacs), 5,7 MSEK.
  • ‘IEA Task 50: Advanced Lighting Solutions for Retrofitting Buildings’ (2013-2016), leader of Subtask D on ‘Case studies, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency (Statens energimyndigheten), 1,5 MSEK.
  • ‘Energy-efficient office buildings with low internal gains: simulations and design guidelines’ (2009-2012), co-project leader, funded by SBUF, CERBOF and NCC.
  • ‘IEA Task 41 Solar Energy and Architecture’ (2009-2012), leadership of Subtask B on ‘Methods and Tools for Solar Design’, funded by Natural Resources Canada.
  • ‘IDES-EDU: Master and Post Graduate education and training in multi-disciplinary teams implementing EPBD and beyond’, participant, funded by Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE).

Environmental analysis

MKB Greenhouse, Malmö, Daylighting measurements and surveys, 2015-2017, funded by ARQ.


For White arkitekter as expert on sustainability (20% between 2012-2020):

Energy and/or daylight-light:

  • Landvetter airport, study about reflection from façade of new hotel, 2019
  • IKEA sustainable stores, Kaarst Germany and Vienna Store: advanced lighting simulations, 2017
  • Borås Psychiatry, Borås: daylighting, glare and reflections, 2017
  • TBS hospital, Göteborg: glare problems with helicopter landing, 2017
  • Hyllie Connect, Malmö: daylighting expertise, 2017
  • NSM, Nya Sjukhusområde, Malmö: daylighting simulations and advice, 2016-2017
  • Bure kvarteret, Malmö, office: daylighting studies, 2015
  • Studenthus Valla, Linköping: development of daylight quality analysis, 2015
  • NBS, Östra sjukhuset, nytt barnsjukhus, Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset, Göteborg: daylighting, 2013

General sustainability issues:

  • Pôle Vaudreuil-Dorion, library and civic center, design competition with Zaraté Lavigne architect, Montreal
  • C40 International competition Reinventing the city, Montreal, 2018, selected first round
  • Luleå University Campus: development of a sun-wind simulation method, 2015
  • Nyhamn, Malmö (urban design): climatic design at program stage, 2015
  • Malmö SUS Vårdmoduler, Malmö: solar load calculations, 2014
  • Huddinge, Choping Sjukhus, Huddinge: façade design, 2013
  • Rotunda Design competition, Warshaw, Poland, honorary prize, 2013

USÖ Högspecialitetshuset, Örebro, design competition: energy and climate advice, 2013


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D., 2001), Construction and Architecture, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Technical licentiate in Engineering (Tekn. Lic., 1998), Building Science, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Masters of Architecture, Climatic Design (M. Arch., 1996), Laval University, Quebec, Canada
  • Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch., 1993), Laval University, Quebec, Canada


Theses by own students, Lund University, Lund, Sweden – since 2010 only

  • Ferreira T (2018). Daylight optimization in an office building through atrium improvements, Master’s thesis.
  • Vogiatzi D (2018). Sensitivity analysis of important parameters affecting daylight: Assessment of a typical cellular office in Sweden. Master’s thesis.
  • Gentile N (2017). Lighting Control Systems to Save Energy in the non-Residential Sector. Doctoral thesis.
  • Levin T (2017). Daylighting in environmentally certified buildings: Subjective and objective assessment of MKB Greenhouse, Malmö, Sweden. Master’s thesis.
  • Shalaby M M (2017). The Effect of Architectural Configurations on the Biological Light Response in Residential Buildings: Greenhouse project in Malmö, Sweden. Master’s thesis.
  • Angeraini S (2017). Sunspace design parametrization based on daylight performance in a multi-storey residential building. Master’s thesis.
  • Haav L & Bournas I (2016). Multi-objective optimisation of fenestration design in residential spaces: the case of MKB Greenhouse, Malmö, Sweden. Master’s thesis.
  • Gentile, N (2015). Lighting Control Systems for Energy Saving and User Acceptance: State-of-the-Art and Future Directions. Licentiate Thesis.
  • Kanters, J (2015). Planning for solar buildings in urban environments. An analysis of the design process, methods and tools. Report EBD-T--15/19. PhD thesis.
  • Maragkou M N (2015). The energy balance of windows: A study on residential spaces in the Nordic region. Master’s thesis.
  • Vakouli V & Paskayeva P (2015). Skylights in classrooms: Optimal design for a cold climate through dynamic daylighting and energy simulations. Master’s thesis.
  • Pacheco Diéguez A (2014). Light pipes: Forward raytracing as a predictive tool and key design parameters. Master’s thesis.
  • Arnardottir T & Hartmann A (2014). Creating a Simulation Script for a Fiber Optic Daylighting System and Evaluating the System’s Functionality & Compliance with LEED. Master’s thesis.
  • Flodberg, K (2012). Energy-efficient office buildings with low internal heat gains: Simulations and design guidelines. Report EBD-T--12/14. Licentiate thesis.
  • Kanters, J (2012). Solar integrated architecture in Scandinavia. An analysis of the design process. Report EBD-T--12/15. Licentiate thesis.


Theses by own students, Laval University, Quebec, Canada – since 2010 only

  • Arsenault, Hélène (2013). Effets du verre teinté sur la qualité de la lumière naturelle, l’éveil des occupants et l’utilisation d’un éclairage d’appoint. Master’s (MSc) Thesis.
  • Bouffard, Émilie (2013). Conception de bâtiments solaires : méthodes et outils des architectes dans les phases initiales de conception. Master’s (MSc) Thesis.
  • Gagnon, Shirley (2012). Énergie solaire et architecture : Les outils numériques et leur utilisation par les architectes pour la conception solaire. Master’s (MSc) Thesis.

Selected publications

Book(s) :

  • Dubois M-C, Gentile N, Laike T, Bournas I, Alenius M (2019). Daylighting and Lighting under a Nordic Sky (book). Studentlitteratur, Lund. 422 pages.


Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Bournas I & Dubois M-C (2019). Daylight regulation compliance of existing multi-family apartment blocks in Sweden. Building and Environment 150: 254-265.
  • Gentile N & Dubois M-C (2017). Field data and simulations to estimate the role of standby energy use of lighting control systems in individual offices. Energy and Buildings, 155 (15): 390-403.
  • Diéguez AP, Gentile N, von Wachenfelt H, Dubois M-C (2016). Daylight utilization with light pipe in farm animal production: a simulation approach. Journal of Daylighting. 3(1), 1-11.
  • Dubois M-C, Gentile N, Amorim C N D, Osterhaus W, Stoffer S, Jakobiak R, ... & Tetri E (2016). Performance Evaluation of Lighting and Daylighting Retrofits: Results from IEA SHC Task 50. Energy Procedia, 91, 926-937.

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