Nuckolls Fund Awards $30,000 to Three 2014 Winners
July 18, 2014 - 9:30am
Carnegie Mellon University and Professor Cindy Limauro received the $20,000 grant to continue their Architectural Lighting Design Workshop series.

The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education presented a total of $30,000 for lighting education grants and awards at its annual luncheon held at Lightfair 2014 in Las Vegas on June 3. Founded in 1989 in honor of the late lighting designer and educator, James L. Nuckolls, The Nuckolls Fund has given a total of $875,000 for the advancement of lighting education in North America.

Proposals are solicited annually by the Nuckolls Fund for innovative educational ideas that will advance the understanding of light in architecture. This year, Jeffrey A. Milham, President of The Nuckolls Fund, presented a $20,000 Nuckolls Fund grant and two $5,000 student awards.

$20,000 Nuckolls Fund Grant

Carnegie Mellon University will continue the presentation of an Architectural Lighting Design Workshop series for schools of architecture to encourage the initiation of new courses or expansion of existing programs in lighting design. Serving as principal workshop leader is Cindy Limauro, Professor of Lighting Design, School of Drama and Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University. Four acclaimed workshops were given in 2013-2014 at Northeastern University, California Polytechnic University, University of Texas-Austin and the University of California-Berkeley. The workshops are open to students and faculty. Workshops for 2014-2015 will be held at schools to be determined by Professor Limauro.

$5,000 Nuckolls Fund Awards

The Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award was given to Yulia Tyukhova, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Currently in her second year of a PhD program in Architectural Engineering, she earned a second M.A. in architectural engineering at UNL as a Fulbright Scholar. Her field of research has been High Dynamic Range Imaging for Luminance Measurements. She presented a paper on the topic at the 2012 IES Annual conference, which has been published in the journal Leukos.

The Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award was given to Ukwatte L. Indika U. Perera, a graduate student from Sri Lanka studying at the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. After having received his master’s degree in lighting at RPI, Perera is a doctoral candidate in Architectural Sciences with a concentration in lighting, specializing in improving the performance of white LED systems for illumination applications.

The guest luncheon speaker was Professor Cindy Limauro from Carnegie Mellon University. She reported on the results of her 2013 Nuckolls Fund Grant, and plans for her 2014 $20,000 Nuckolls Fund grant to continue the Architectural Lighting Design Workshops which she developed and presented to architectural students at four universities.

On The Nuckolls Fund’s newly redesigned website,, are seven independent teaching modules within “Lighting Across the Design Curriculum.” Funded by a $50,000 Nuckolls Fund Twentieth Anniversary Grant awarded in 2010, the teaching modules are available at no charge in the site’s Educational Resources section. The Principal Investigator was Professor Katherine S. Ankerson of Kansas State University, leading a team of lighting educators. Another teaching module, “Lighting Controls — Tools for Teaching,” is also posted on the Nuckolls Fund website. It was developed by Erin Speck at George Washington University from her Nuckolls Fund 2012 Edison Price Fellowship Grant.

Milham also recognized recent major contributors to The Nuckolls Fund, including the Jonas Bellovin Memorial Foundation, BK Lighting and TEKA Illumination, the Designers Lighting Forum of New York, Enterprise Lighting Sales and the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society 

Proposals for the 2015 Nuckolls Fund grants are due on February 6, 2015. For further details, visit to download the current grant RFP or to make a donation to the Fund.

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