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Francesco Anselmo, PhD

Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4, Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer - Diploma TS5, Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School

Professional qualifications


Research Interest

Daylighting design Lighting design Lighting simulation Weather and climate analysis Parametric design Physical computing Interaction design Internet of Things Artificial intelligence and machine learning


Francesco Anselmo has studied architectural engineering and lighting design in Italy and Sweden. His extensive experience is backed by a PhD in Environmental Physics and 15 years of working with Arup as lighting and interaction designer. His passion for lighting drives him to explore how light and interaction can positively influence people’s experience of architecture.


2019, Ashrant Aryal, Burcin Becerik-Gerber, Francesco Anselmo , Shawn C. Roll and Gale M. Lucas , Smart Desks to Promote Comfort, Health, and Productivity in Offices: A Vision for Future Workplaces, Frontiers in Built Environment, 5
People spend most of their day in buildings, and a large portion of the energy in buildings is used to control the indoor environment for creating acceptable conditions for occupants. However, the majority of the building systems are controlled based on a “one size fits all” scheme which cannot account for individual occupant preferences. This leads to discomfort, low satisfaction and negative impacts on occupants’ productivity, health and well-being. In this paper, we describe our vision of how recent advances in Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning can be used to add intelligence to an office desk to personalize the environment around the user. The smart desk can learn individual user preferences for the indoor environment, personalize the environment based on user preferences and act as an intelligent support system for improving user comfort, health and productivity. We briefly describe the recent advances made in different domains that can be leveraged to enhance occupant experience in buildings and describe the overall framework for the smart desk. We conclude the paper with a discussion of possible avenues for further research.

2013, F. Anselmo and J. Mardaljevic, Daylight & Architecture, 19

2013, F. Anselmo and J. Mardaljevic, Daylight & Architecture, 19


2015, E. Brembilla, J. Mardaljevic, and F. Anselmo, CIE 28th Session, Manchester

2014, Francesco Anselmo, International Radiance Conference

2010, F. Anselmo and J. Mardaljevic, Daylight Simulation for Design and Compliance Conference, CIBSE Building Simulation and Daylight Groups

2006, F. Anselmo, A. Lauritano, and J. Mardaljevic. , Light and Architecture, AIDI International Conference, Venice

2003, Francesco Anselmo, Aldo Lauritano, International Radiance Conference, Berkeley National Laboratory

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.