The Richard Kelly Grant Announces 2020 Recipients

The Board of Directors of the Richard Kelly Grant selected Trinetra Manickavasagam and Yulia Tyukhova 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. 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.



“The jury was impressed by Trinetra’s inquisitive mind and how she applied a practical design approach to solving a complex research question and the jury felt that Yulia’s holistic approach to lighting embodies the spirit of the Richard Kelly Grant, says Addison Kelly and Caleb McKenzie, co-chairs of the Richard Kelly Grant.

This year’s jury consists of Board members Stephen Bernstein, IALD, MIES (CBB), Philip Cialdella, MIES (Light Abilities), Scott Hershman, LC, MIES (LF Illumination), Randy Sabedra, MIES (RS Lighting Design, and the aforementioned Co-Chairs Addison Kelly, MIES, (US Lighting Consultants) and Caleb McKenzie, LC, IALDA, MIES (US Lighting Consultants).


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