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K-State Today

July 20, 2015



Interior architecture & product design professor named to Nuckolls Fund board of directors

By Mary Cosimano

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design's Katherine Ankerson, professor and head of the interior architecture & product design department, has been named to the board of directors for the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education.

The fund was established in 1988 in memory of lighting designer and educator Jim Nuckolls to support college-level lighting programs. Nuckolls was known for his special ability to inspire interest in, and commitment to, the field of architectural lighting design. The purpose of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education is to enable programs that allow students to learn, appreciate and apply the basics of lighting and design.

The fund's board is made up of 12 individuals from across the country, including two educators — one of which is Ankerson — with lighting design experience and 10 professionals in the lighting industry. 

Ankerson first participated with Nuckolls Lighting Fund as a grant recipient. During 2013, she and nine colleagues from three different universities were awarded the 2013 IDEC Media Award for their project "Lighting Across the (Design) Curriculum." The two-year project was the result of a $50,000 grant, awarded in 2010 as part of the 20th anniversary of the Nuckolls Lighting Fund. Ankerson presented the group's final project in 2013 at the LightFair event in Philadelphia.

"Kathy's presence on this board, in addition to her other national posts, is testament to the respect accorded her as an educational leader in the field of design," said Timothy de Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.