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"...visual truth lies in the structure of light."

The Richard Kelly Grant Announces Trinetra Manickavasagam and Yulia Tyukhova as the 2020 Recipients

The Board of Directors of the Richard Kelly Grant selected Trinetra Manickavasagam, MFA and Yulia Tyukhova PhD, LC, as recipients of this year’s Richard Kelly Grant. The Grant recognizes and encourages creative thought and activity in the use of light. These two lighting professionals have been recognized for preserving and incorporating Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm, and reverence for light in their own work. Since its inception in 1980, over 50 lighting designers, researchers, artists, and innovators. Cash awards will be granted to the recipients.


Trinetra Manickavasagam recently received her MFA in Lighting Design from Parson School of Design. She received a Grant for her work that examines the perception of source color changes in LEDs while dimming. Manickavasagam applied an evidence-based design process to determine if commercially available luminaires change color temperature when operated at different intensities. She intends to continue her research in order to evaluate whether her measured results can be correlated with viewer perceptions.




Yulia Tyukhova PhD, LC, received a Grant for her research in the fields of discomfort glare and lighting quality. Dr. Tyukhova is an independent researcher who has been a leader in the area of Discomfort Glare in the Outdoor Nighttime Environment (DGONE). Her work has included measuring and defining discomfort glare from bright light sources in high contrast environments. She was able to use this knowledge to develop a patented luminaire that minimizes glare potential. Dr.Tyukhova has also been an active spokesperson and educator on the topic of DGONE and has delivered an IES Education Webinar on the subject..



This year’s jury consisted of Board members:
Co-Chairs Addison Kelly, MIES, and Caleb McKenzie, LC, IALDA, MIES — principals of US Lighting Consultants
Stephen Bernstein, IALD, MIES, principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (CBBLD)
Philip Cialdella, MIES, president, Light Abilities
Scott Hershman, LC, MIES, senior vice president, LF Illumination
Randy Sabedra, MIES, lighting designer, RS Lighting Design


Richard Kelly devoted his life to extraordinary contributions to the lighting design profession. He was one of the pioneers of architectural lighting consulting.

His reverence for, and his understanding of, the behavior of light was promulgated as the design values known as: focal glow, sparkling brilliance, and ambient luminescence. He was a designer of over three hundred major projects; he worked with over eighty prominent architects; he always performed with original and inventive authority.
He sought to first understand the problem and then followed with a creative solution. His synthesis of technology with artistic purpose transformed the ordinary into beauty.

A few of his most recognized accomplishments are the Seagram Building, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, architects; Philip Johnson’s Glass House and The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, Philip Johnson, architect; the Kimbell Museum of Fine Arts and the Yale Center of British Art and Studies, Louis Kahn, architect.

Richard Kelly passed away in 1977.


Checks in any amount can be made out to:
Illuminating Engineering Society
Attn: Richard Kelly Grant
120 Wall Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10005-4026


The Richard Kelly Grant was established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America, the Grant is administered by the New York Section under the auspices of the IES.


To recognize and encourage creative thought and activity in the use of light. Cash award(s) will be granted to the person(s) who preserve and carry forth Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm and reverence for light.


Anyone 35 years or under, studying or working in the art and/or science of illumination, in the United States, Canada or Mexico.


Applicant must demonstrate accomplishment as well as the potential to contribute to the art and science of illumination. Proposed, completed, and on-going work involving light may be submitted and should clearly illustrate the way in which the conceptual or applied use of light in new and innovative ways is used to solve or better understand a problem.

The Grant Committee will consider works using light in:
Architecture • Art • Education • Environmental Design • Health • Fixture Design • Software Design • Theater


Submissions must include:

  • Written materials, artwork, photographs or drawings, models, VHS videotapes or DVDs (ten minutes, maximum).
  • Images must be numbered and keyed to the text of the submission description. Note: Electronic submissions must be in high resolution JPEG format.
  • A one-page written outline summarizing the work and discussing the thought process behind the submission.
  • A description of how the grant would be used to further the applicant’s education or research in lighting. Applicants must agree to use grants for the purposes described and be prepared to report back to the Board on the progress of their work.
  • Personal resume (curriculum vitae)
  • Two letters of reference to be sent, in sealed envelopes marked with the applicant’s name on the back, directly from the writers to the Grant at the address below.


Grant proposals for 2021 must be submitted by June 30, 2021 to:
The Richard Kelly Grant
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
120 Wall Street, Floor 17
New York, NY 10005-4001
Phone: (212) 248-5000

Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for all submissions to be returned. Grant recipient applications become the property of the Richard Kelly Grant and may be used in Grant publicity materials.