Where should a brilliant lighting designer go for her Fulbright experience? The committee that determines such placements reviewed Yulia Tyukhova’s application and placed her at UNL’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. Her two-year commitment at The Durham School has her working with Dale Tiller and Clarence Waters, architectural engineering professors who specialize in lighting.
It’s an honor for any organization to host a Fulbright Scholar, but Tyukhova is just as excited about this opportunity. She’s a second-generation Fulbright Scholar; her father, a professor who specializes in solar renewable energy, suggested she study lighting engineering, which she discovered she loved.
“It’s a unique combination of engineering and art,” Tyukhova said. “You have to calculate different engineering criteria of lighting and also think about the aesthetics of it: visual perception and how people would feel in this type of space.” She gained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in lighting engineering, from Moscow Power Engineering Institute, where she participated in a variety of projects.
“I really like spaces with unusual architecture,” said Tyukhova, “although for many projects it may be the usual space but the lighting can make it unusual, creative.”
Based at The Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, she is stimulated by a community that’s “very friendly, with lots of lighting design focus.”
“I am learning American standards and criteria for lighting,” she said. She was inspired by attending a lighting conference in Denver this fall, where she met many U.S. professionals.