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Lighting grant helps ECU consult with NYC design professionals

The ECU interior design program has received a $20,000 grant from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education for the development and delivery of the course, “Color and Light in Interior Design.”

The 2009 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program grant has been used by Charles F. Gustina, assistant professor of interior design, to develop the introductory-level course and to bring examples of world-class lighting design to students over the next four years through videoconferences with interior designers and architects at the top of their field.
The first videoconference was held in the fall semester with Michael Kostow and Jane Greenwood of Kostow Greenwood Architects (KGA) of New York City, a firm at which Gustina was an associate before coming to ECU. Students viewed slides of KGA’s designs for clients as they discussed the lighting schemes with Kostow and Greenwood.
Kostow Greenwood Architects’ work includes designing media and broadcast facilities, performing arts venues, and creative offices.  

“It’s unlikely that many of us in this class could easily visit a New York City design firm,” said interior design student Linda Clark from New Bern. “So it’s really advantageous for us to videoconference like this. It’s a great opportunity.”
Gustina is negotiating with interior design firms in San Francisco and Singapore for future videoconferences. “It’s critical for our students to get a global perspective on design and on how lighting contributes to great design,” he said.

This story appeared originally in the Jan. 29, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at