Ethan Lu to lead NYSID's new graduate program in Sustainable Interior Environments

New York, NY - January 27, 2010 -  The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ethan Lu, AIA, LEED AP, as a core faculty member in the position of Sustainability Area Coordinator. In this role he will lead the college’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Interior Environments program and work with the School’s entire faculty to further integrate sustainability studies across the curricula of every program at NYSID.

Lu, a registered architect in New York and New Jersey and a LEED accredited professional, is currently a principal with Metropolitan United Studio (MUS). He was employed with FXFOWLE Architects from 2001 – 2003 and with Cook + Fox Architects from 2004 – 2006, where he served as designer for various projects including the Bank of America Tower at Bryant Park, the most sustainable skyscraper in Manhattan and recipient of the LEED Platinum rating. In addition to his professional work, Lu has had a long standing interest in design education having taught at the graduate level at Columbia University, Parsons School of Design and New York Institute of Technology.

“I was very happy to accept the appointment as an area coordinator for the Master of Professional Studies program,” said Lu. “I will bring my professional background in sustainable design to a curriculum that has already aspired to this goal. I hope to push forward the sustainability efforts at this great interior design school led by our new president and faculty. I'm eager to start the upcoming semester and look forward to working with fantastic students.”

According to Scott Ageloff, NYSID’s senior vice president of academic affairs and dean, “Ethan Lu’s experience in both practice and education, combining excellence in design with a commitment to sustainable practices, will make him a key player in achieving NYSID’s goal of providing interior design students with the kind of knowledge and expertise they will need to best serve their careers and the future of the profession.”

“The importance of green design cannot be overstated and NYSID plans to lead the way with the new MPS degree,” said Christopher Cyphers, president. “We feel very fortunate to have Ethan join our faculty as leader of this exciting program.”

Lu received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University in the advanced placement curriculum and his Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare, and the college is committed to actively improving, through design, the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 750 full- and part-time students.

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of interior design, design history and theory, and sustainable design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).


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