Discovering the Poetry and Soul in Design

Discovering the Poetry and Soul in Design

For the past nine years, Abhay Wadhwa has been fortunate to share 30 hours of intense design studio time over six hour grueling sessions with the students at the Lighting Research Center at RPI. The class strength ranges between 8 and 12 students each year in the fall, and the students are always from diverse educational backgrounds- architecture, interior design, physics, engineering to name a few. The dialog that ensues has always been very rich and rewarding, where the structure of the class prompts debate, research, readings and finally culminates in a concept design presentation for two separate projects.

The first project is a group project and referred as DP1. This year, the project was to develop the exterior and landscape lighting for a proposed Czech Embassy in Washington DC.

The second project is an individual project and referred as DP2. The students were asked to develop the interior and exterior lighting for a proposed mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Both projects required the final submissions to be a product of critical inquiry into the architectural, technical and cultural aspects of these spaces, keeping client expectations and aspirations in mind. The students were urged to explore poetic and soulful solutions inspired by the aspects mentioned above.

We were all very pleased with the final project submissions- and thrilled that students with different educational backgrounds and from different parts of the world worked together to explore the paradigms that impact lighting design, and aspire to make a difference by creating poetic, soulful and evocative spaces.

We would love to hear from you on what you think of the work.

DP2 Student Presentations:

Xin Cao-DP2-Presentation
Joey Fala-DP2-Presentation
Kenneth Lush-DP2-Presentation
Lochana Palayangoda-DP2-Presentation
Prathika Appaiah-DP2-Presentation
Indika Perera-DP2-Presentation
Difei Chen-DP2-Presentation
Ute Besenecker-DP2-Presentation