Aicha Diakite is a researcher and lighting engineer working in the field of daylighting, sustainable urban planning and environmental modelling. She studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) and Poznan University of Technology (Poland). She went on to study Architecture and Industrial Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she received the Postgraduate Architectural Lighting Design Diploma in 2011. In 2013 Aicha finished her master studies at the Department of Lighting Technology at the Technical University of Berlin (Germany), graduating with distinction (top 3) and three awards for her thesis. Aicha has received several awards for her work including the H.-J.-Helwig-Prize 2014 by the German Lighting Technology Association, the Hans-Peter-Willumeit-Award by the Foundation Committee of the Center of Human-Machine Systems (ZMMS) and the Clara-von-Simson-Prize honouring women in science and engineering by the Technical University of Berlin. She is currently working at the Department of Lighting Technology at the Technical University of Berlin having previously served in Lighteam Gustavo Aviles / Mexico City, Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung / Berlin, OSRAM / Berlin and Hellux Construktions-Licht / Berlin. Aicha is a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Berlin. Her research proposes new spectral sky models to enable the integration of daylighting strategies into the design of urban structures that support people’s well-being.
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