The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education has awarded two grants for 2001, each for $20,000.

One grant, to the University of Florida, was given to support development of a Lighting Master Studio, an interdepartmental course for graduate students. The course will be integrated into the lighting curricula of the master programs at the School of Architecture, Department of Interior Design, and Department of Theatre and Dance. According to the university, the studio will serve as an intensive “immersion” experience in the lighting design, and will involve hands-on design and application.

The other grant, was given to California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo under the Nuckolls Fund’s new program to support introductory lighting courses. Using the grant funds, Cal Poly will develop a lighting fundamentals course for third- and fourth-year architecture students. It will be offered as a required design studio with a seminar component. At present, lighting education for architectural students at the university is limited to a short segment in the environmental controls system course work, although other campuses of Cal Poly have more extensive lighting curricula.

The Nuckolls Fund was established in 1988 in memory of lighting designer and educator Jim Nuckolls. Its mission is to support educational programs that provide students with an understanding of lighting and the possibility of a career in the lighting community. The Fund can be reached at www.nuckollsfund.org. Requests for Proposals for the grant cycle for the year 2002 will be available on the website in September.