Dr. Jae Yong Suk receives 2017 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant
(May 19, 2017) -- Dr. Jae Yong Suk, an assistant professor of architecture in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP), won a $20,000 national grant.
The 2017 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant has been awarded to Dr. Suk to develop and deliver a new lighting design course for upper-level undergraduate students in both the Architecture and Interior Design programs in the UTSA CACP.
According to Dr. Suk, the new three-credit-hour elective course will be shared by the curricula of the Architecture and Interior Design programs and thus will serve as a unique venue for lighting education in the UTSA CACP for four consecutive years, beginning in the spring 2018 semester. The course will not only study lighting fundamentals and practical lighting related issues but also involve student participation in the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Dallas Section Student Lighting Design Competition.
The primary focus of the course will be on architectural lighting design practice and rapidly evolving lighting technology, while daylighting fundamentals and the impact on electrical energy consumptions and occupant comfort will be also discussed. Students will experience schematic design and design development phases of lighting design practice by participating in the IES Student Lighting Design Competition and gain the opportunity to communicate with various professionals such as lighting designers, architects, lighting manufacturers, electrical engineers, and lighting control experts. The course will provide students with a thorough overview of lighting-related issues such as (but not limited to): aesthetics of light, color and light, architectural lighting systems, daylighting, lighting systems and sustainability, introduction to lighting simulation software, and psychological/physiological impact of light.
Established in 1989, the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education is an endowment fund in support of college-level programs that inspire students with an understanding of light in architecture. Each year, the Fund solicits proposals from colleges and universities for innovative educational ideas consistent with the Fund’s objectives, and awards grants after rigorous review. This year, the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education awards $60,000 in grants and awards with the largest one received by UTSA. Visit the Nuckolls Fund website for more information.
Prior to joining the UTSA Department of Architecture in 2015, Dr. Suk was a professional lighting designer and daylighting specialist in Los Angeles, CA for eight years. He has received eight national lighting design awards from IESNA. Besides the professional honors, his academic research has been published in a number of prominent journals including Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Architectural Science Review, and Lighting Research and Technologies. In 2016, he received the Best Paper Award at the 32nd Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) conference in Los Angeles, CA.