Abhay Wadhwa in IFJ’s Special Commemorative Issue

Abhay Wadhwa in IFJ’s Special Commemorative Issue

LIGHT MATTERS: AWA’s Abhay Wadhwa Deconstructs Light for IFJ’s Special Commemorative Issue

AWA’s Design Principal and CEO Abhay Wadhwa is featured in the Special Commemorative Issue celebrating 30 years of IFJ. He is honored to be included in this select group of design professionals.


In his essay “Contextualizing Light and Shade”, for IFJ’s Special Commemorative Issue, Abhay Wadhwa delineates the many ways in which light impacts our daily lives. He elaborates on the different scales of possible light interactions, ranging from broader contextual responses to details of controls and future technologies.

All projects shown below are AWA projects.

Light & Darkness

Ismail Building

“We must examine the physiological affect that results from the influx of light. In noting that we have only mastered light in the last century, light has gone from a resource to present certainty.  We at AWA feel that the future built environment has a better understanding of the merits of darkness and shadows, for without them the spaces will remain in disharmony.”

Light Levels and Society’s Paranoia with the Lack thereof

575 Lexington Avenue

“If you work with the legal minimum level you can still work with bold contrasts, thus creating strong, dramatic environments –  your creativity need not be kidnapped by legal limitations.”

The Future of Luminaires and LED Technology

Blue Frog

“Luminaires and solutions will continue to become thinner, lighter, stronger. But innovation with luminaire design by itself is not that meaningful, if seen in isolation and not as part of a system. One of the current technology areas of focus here at AWA is Systems Integration and how lighting and other systems can be integrated together to enhance the users experience in the built environment.”

Contextualizing Light

Tote on the Turf

“The light is part of a medium, and it has to be contextualized. But how should you contextualize if we do not understand the context? How do you define the variables that make the context? If you ultimately build exactly as you would build it in the United States (our home base), then you can hardly say that you have contextualized the project!”

Technology and Human-Centric Design

Cyber Hub

“We strongly feel that a human-centric lighting is required for our evolving built environment- and technology must be used to provide better environments for the human being first. However, at the same time lighting is also often a primary indicator of a region’s technological and economic status. Even from a cursory glance at a distance, a certain amount of information can be gleaned from viewing a city’s skyline at night. The degree to which a city or town has incorporated exterior lighting, to which it is visible from a distance, is often seen as a measure of technological sophistication and economic growth”