A dual master’s degree candidate in Lighting Design and Architecture, Glenn Fujimura is particularly interested in the relationship between light and sustainable design. Derek Porter, director of the Lighting Design program, played an important role in Fujimura’s decision to attend The New School. Fujimura says, "Derek believes, as I do, that the best approach to lighting is as a design process that merits intellectual and aesthetic examination rather than simply as a technical field of study.”
Fujimura’s design for the renovation of a library in Harlem addresses the interplay between light and heat by including suggestions for diffusing and absorbing daylight to reduce its high energy loads. In addition to enjoying opportunities to apply what he is learning, Fujimura says, he benefits from the expertise and experience of his instructors. “The staff and faculty in the Lighting Design program are amazing. You can’t beat the people. These are award-winning designers at the forefront of the industry, and yet they are deeply committed to their students.”
Although Fujimura spends much of his time in Parsons’ library, lab, and studio, he has interned at Interface Engineering and Arc Light Design, designed lighting at companies including Hollywood Lighting, and currently works as a freelance lighting designer for theater.