• Renovation of AWA’s Project Providence Public Library is Completed
  • BD+ C Features Providence Public Library on Sept 25, 2020
  • The Next Show of AWA AGORA titled “The Triple E & C: Beyond The Built Environment,” a discussion with Pascale Sablan. It is scheduled for Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 12:00 PM EST
  • Please Register for the Show via Zoom: HERE
  • Please Watch Recent AWA AGORA Shows: HERE
  • Schedule of Upcoming Shows Included
  • Visit AWA’s Website HERE
  • Abhay M Wadhwa’s New Book “Contextualizing Light” is Featured HERE

Providence Public Library Rennovation Completed

View of Providence Public Library Façade Along Empire Street

Dear Friends and Colleagues
We are delighted to share that the renovation of the Providence Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island has been completed. We worked on the lighting of the historical facade for the library with Mary Ann Upton and her team at designLAB architects. This was Rhode Islands’ largest public library renovation. Congratulations to the entire project team.

Project Team
Client: Providence Public Library, RI
Architect: designLAB Architects (dLAB), Boston, MA
Lighting Designer: AWA Lighting Designers, NY, NY
Contractor: Bond Building Construction, Providence, RI
Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Boston, MA

Please stay tuned for more updates on our projects in the coming weeks.

With my warm regards
Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal  l  CEO
AWA Lighting Designers

BD+ C Features Providence Public Library

AWA’s Providence Public Library project designed by designLAB has been featured by Building Design + Construction on Sept 25, 2020. Please check HERE to read the full article and know more about the project.

Other Recent Press:
Construction Review: Review Article HERE
Providence Journal: Read Article HERE
Providence Journal: Read Article HERE
Virtual Ribbon Cutting Celebration: Link to Video Below

PPL Virtual Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Next AWA AGORA Show – November 5 2020 12pm EST

“The Triple E & C: Beyond The Built Environment” – Register via Zoom HERE

On Thursday, November 5th, Host Abhay Wadhwa will talk with Pascale Sablan about “The Triple E & C: Beyond The Built Environment.” The Triple E & C method is a strategy to Engage, Elevate, Educate, and Collaborate. We will discuss with Pascale how she wants to promote agency among diverse audiences and advocate for equity in the built environment. Pascale founded Beyond The Built Environment to address these inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform aimed to support numerous stages of the architecture pipeline. This Show is hosted in collaboration with AWA Lighting Designers.

We do hope you will join us on Thursday, November 5th at 12:00 pm EST. If you can’t make it, please SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel HERE and click the notification bell when the recording is posted.

About the Guest

Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, With over eleven years of experience, she has been on the design team for a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural & residential projects in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaijan, Japan, & UAE. Pascale is the 315th living African American female architect in the United States to attain her architectural license.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment, LLC, positioned to uniquely address the inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform aimed to support numerous stages of the architecture pipeline. Beyond the Built Environment, elevates the identities and contributions of minority architects and designers through exhibitions, curated lectures, and documentaries that testify to the provided value of their built work and its spatial impact. Pascale was recently appointed to the American Institute of Architects New York Board of Director and American Institute of Architects National Strategic Planning Committee Member to set 2020-2024 strategic plan for the organization.

About the Host

Abhay Principal of AWA Lighting Designers

Abhay M Wadhwa, Founder and Design Principal of AWA Lighting Designers, sees lighting beyond its conventional purpose. Here, he crafts a story using lighting design and technology to create moments of experience, which factor into the psyche and emotions of those who work, live or visit the spaces designed by AWA. While doing so, he is seeking innovative solutions that challenge convention while augmenting the integrity of the architects’ vision. In doing so, pragmatic lighting design nestles comfortably with artistry. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the Graduate Lighting Design Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) esteemed Lighting Research Center (LRC) from 2003 to 2020. He is also the author of the recently released book “Contextualizing Light.”

Abhay founded AWA Lighting Designers in 2002. Abhay has been quietly focused on questioning the lighting zeitgeist ever since. Based in Hudson Yards, NY, he works extensively with the world’s leading architecture and design firms in the fields of commercial and mixed-use developments, urban planning, transportation, infrastructure, hospitality, and healthcare. He is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, educator, and author of numerous advanced light engineering and cultural lighting articles. He has worked with the United Nations Foundation and NGO’s on projects that address issues that marginalize many of the world’s population. He has also been referred to as the “Poet of Light” by a Canadian journalist and in lighter moments, he takes this title very seriously.


Watch the recording of the October 29th Show (Season 1 Episode 4) HERE



November 12 2020: International Collaboration in Architecture
Season 1 Episode 6 – in Collaboration with AWA Lighting Designers
Time: 12:00 – 12:45PM ES
Guest: Shawn Basler

November 19 2020: The Role of Art in Mental Wellness
Season 1 Episode 7 – in Collaboration with Soul Studio
Time: 12:00 – 12:45PM EST
Guest: Cary McQueen

November 26 2020: No Show for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 3 2020: Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Season 1 Episode 8 – in Collaboration with Soul Studio
Time: 12:00 – 12:45PM EST

December 10 2020: Art in the Public Realm
Season 1 Episode 9 – in Collaboration with Gallery AWA
Time: 12:00 – 12:45PM EST
Guest: Jon Morris

December 17 2020: Improving Public Infrastructure (Last Show of the Season)
Season 1 Episode 10 – in Collaboration with AWA Lighting Designers
Time: 12:00 – 12:45PM EST
Guest: Thomas Vonier

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