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IDEC Media Award Given to Team Headed by K-State Faculty

Nuckolls IDEC Media AwardMANHATTAN – Two Interior Architecture & Product Design faculty members were part of a 10-person, four-university team that received the Interior Design Educators Council 2013 Media Award. Professor and Department Head Katherine Ankerson, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head Neal Hubbell and the rest of the team were honored at the 2013 IDEC awards banquet for their collaborative effort on the Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum website.

IDEC’s Media Award is given for recognition of the content of an outstanding visual media piece that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design including practice, research and education.

The website project was funded with a grant from the 20th Anniversary Nuckolls Lighting Fund. Ankerson was the project lead.

“Often, students learn the basics of lighting in a specialized lighting course, then professors reinforce knowledge on projects in studio,” Ankerson said. “This website encourages thinking about light as a design element from the very first year in a student’s program, and reinforces concepts throughout the curriculum.”

The finished project is a seven-module website complete with audio, exploration and application, and the fundamental concepts appropriate for different types and levels of classes and design education across disciplines.

According to the selection committee, the site “is very graphically appealing, showing lighting in a physical model, coupled with text to help students understand more fully. … The website is very easy to navigate and provides a multitude of information from basic to advanced topics.”

The Interior Design Educators Council was formalized in 1963 with the purpose to “promote recognition of the contribution of interior design education, scholarship, and practice to the advancement of quality of life within the built environment.”