Mehlika Inanici

Mehlika Inanici

Associate Professor, Architecture

Mehlika Inanici is an Associate Professor and the director of the Master of Science in Architecture (Design Computing) program at the University of Washington, Department of Architecture.

The focus of her research is broadly defined as Building Performance Simulation and Computational Lighting Design and Analysis. The underlying presumption in her research and teaching is that analytical approaches employed throughout the design processes help architects to envision the performance of their designs, accelerate and improve the design decisions, and reduce the uncertainty of the outcome.

A large body of her research centers on developing and utilizing computer-based (day)lighting analysis techniques and metrics that can facilitate occupant satisfaction, health, and productivity improvements, in conjunction with significant energy savings. Inanici received the Taubman College Distinguished Dissertation Award (2004), LBNL Outstanding Performance Award (2005), and her work on High Dynamic Range Photography was selected as one of the 25 highly influential papers (and among the most cited) in the 50 year history of the Journal of Lighting Research and Technology. She has published and presented her research in international journals and conferences, including Lighting Research and Technology, Luekos, Building and Environment, IBPSA, and CIE. Her research has been funded by US department of Energy, Nuckolls Funding for Lighting Education, and University of Washington Royalty Research Fund.

Inanici teaching focuses graduate level courses on building performance simulation (such as Arch 524 Design technology V, Arch 582 Computational Lighting Research, and 598 Performance Driven Design) and research methodologies. She supervises students from the Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture and the Ph.D. program in Built Environments.

Inanici has received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. She has Master of Science degrees both in Architecture (University of Michigan) and Building Science (METU), and a Bachelor of Architecture degree (METU). Previously, she worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley California. Dr. Inanici is a member of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA).



Inanici, M; Abboushi, B; Safranek, S. (2022). Evaluation Of Sky Spectra And Sky Models In Daylighting Simulations. Lighting Research & Technology, 1. View Publication


Parsaee, Mojtaba; Demers, Claude M. H.; Potvin, Andre; Lalonde, Jean-francois; Inanici, Mehlika; Hebert, Marc. (2021). Biophilic Photobiological Adaptive Envelopes For Sub-arctic Buildings: Exploring Impacts Of Window Sizes And Shading Panels' Color, Reflectance, And Configuration. Solar Energy, 220, 802 - 827. View Publication

Altenberg Vaz, Nathan; Inanici, Mehlika. (2021). Syncing With The Sky: Daylight-driven Circadian Lighting Design. Leukos, 17(3), 291 - 309. View Publication


Liu, Yue; Colburn, Alex; Inanici, Mehlika. (2020). Deep Neural Network Approach For Annual Luminance Simulations. Journal Of Building Performance Simulation, 13(5), 532 - 554. View Publication

Parsaee, Mojtaba; Demers, Claude M. H.; Lalonde, Jean-francois; Potvin, Andre; Inanici, Mehlika; Hebert, Marc. (2020). Human-centric Lighting Performance Of Shading Panels In Architecture: A Benchmarking Study With Lab Scale Physical Models Under Real Skies. Solar Energy, 204, 354 - 368. View Publication


Jung, B.; Inanici, M. (2019). Measuring Circadian Lighting Through High Dynamic Range Photography. Lighting Research & Technology, 51(5), 742 - 763. View Publication


Inanici, Mehlika; Hashemloo, Alireza. (2017). An Investigation Of The Daylighting Simulation Techniques And Sky Modeling Practices For Occupant Centric Evaluations. Building And Environment, 113, 220 - 231. View Publication


Van Den Wymelenberg, Kevin; Inanici, Mehlika. (2016). Evaluating A New Suite Of Luminance-based Design Metrics For Predicting Human Visual Comfort In Offices With Daylight. Leukos, 12(3), 113 - 138. View Publication

Hashemloo, Alireza; Inanici, Mehlika; Meek, Christopher. (2016). Glareshade: A Visual Comfort-based Approach To Occupant-centric Shading Systems. Journal Of Building Performance Simulation, 9(4), 351 - 365. View Publication


Inanici, Mehlika. (2010). Evalution Of High Dynamic Range Image-based Sky Models In Lighting Simulation. Leukos, 7(2), 69 - 84. View Publication

Van Den Wymelenberg, Kevin; Inanici, Mehlika; Johnson, Peter. (2010). The Effect Of Luminance Distribution Patterns On Occupant Preference In A Daylit Office Environment. Leukos, 7(2), 103 - 122. View Publication