NEWSFLASH: AWA Announces the Launch of their Talk Show – AWA AGORA

NEWSFLASH: AWA Announces the Launch of their Talk Show – AWA AGORA

The Headlines

  • Launch of AWA AGORA – A Forum for Facilitating Thought Leadership
  • The Premiere Show of AWA AGORA with a Discussion on “Iconoclasm in Lighting”
  • Register via Zoom HERE
  • Abhay M Wadhwa’s New Book:
  • Visit AWA’s Website HERE


  • AWA AGORA is an online meeting forum for enriching conversations on design and life.
  • AWA AGORA is an initiative of AWA Lighting Designers Inc, New York, NY.
  • AWA AGORA will air twice a month.
  • Each show will feature conversations with TWO guests, and a segment on our thoughts about our Zeitgeist.
  • Each show will be live on Zoom with the recording uploaded to our YouTube Channel after the show. You can access the channel HERE.

Premiere Show of AWA AGORA

Iconoclasm In Lighting – Register via Zoom HERE

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am excited to announce that I will be hosting AWA’s new Initiative, a talk show titled AWA AGORA. AWA AGORA is an online meeting forum for enriching conversations on design and life. Each show will feature a discussion with a thought leader from the design, research and/or technology world. Then we will close the show with a conversation with one of our friends from the art world- musicians, artists, writers, and others that we are fortunate to call our friends.

We want to invite you to the first show on Thursday, Sept 17 2020 at 12:30 pm EST. This is a FREE Event.

On September 17th, we will talk about “Iconoclasm in Lighting” with Mark Rea. Mark has been a pioneer in the lighting industry over the last 30 years. He is a prominent vision scientist and the former director of the Lighting Research Center at RPI in Troy NY. After the discussion with Mark, I will speak with my dear friend Will Calhoun, a fantastic musician and 2-Time Grammy winner. We will discuss his recent experiences and travels while producing his next album in West Africa.

I do hope you will join us on Thursday, September 17th at 1230pm. If you can’t make it, please stay tuned for the recording that will be available on our YouTube channel HERE.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal l CEO
AWA Lighting Designers

About the Guests

Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., is Professor of Architecture and Cognitive Sciences at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He served as LRC Director from 1988 to 2017. Dr. Rea is well known for his research in circadian photobiology, mesopic vision, psychological responses to light, lighting engineering, and visual performance. He is the author of more than 250 scientific and technical articles related to vision, lighting engineering, and human factors and was the editor-in-chief of the 8th and 9th editions of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Lighting Handbook. He has been elected Fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting (UK) and Fellow of the IES. In addition, he is recipient of the IES Medal. Rea has also been honored with the William H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award for those who have won the respect of the faculty at Rensselaer through excellence in teaching, productive research, and interest in the totality of the educational process. Dedicated to the notion that our society undervalues light because we do not properly measure its benefits, his recent book Value Metrics for Better Lighting brings together a wide range of research to illustrate how the effective use of light can benefit society and the environment.

Will Calhoun is a Graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he received his degree in Recording and Engineering. Will is also a 2 time Grammy winner with the genre-bending iconic Rock band LIVING COLOUR, and Produced Herb Alpert—(Colors CD), Mos Def-(Black Jack Johnson Project). He has toured and recorded with Harry Belafonte, Caiphus Semenya, Letta M’bulu, Mic Jagger, B.B. King, McCoy Tyner, Marcus Miller, Pharoah Sanders, Wayne Shorter (Highlife CD), Oumou Sangare, Ron Carter, Phillip Glass, Lauryn Hill, Stanley Jordan, Ritchie Sambora, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Public Enemy, Mike Stern, Jaco Pastorius, Steve Via, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, The Moroccan Gnawan Masters, and many others.
Will has invested over 25 years of personal research in the Outback of Australia, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Belize, and Northern Brazil to document and study the true history of the drums, rhythm, sonic vibrations, and their impact on modern music. Will is an inventor and avid user of technology and it’s unique role in creating music. Three well-known colleagues he continues to brainstorm with are: Jaron Lanier(Virtual Reality Inventor), Roger Linn, and Mario DeCurtiis. “Simultaneously studying the past and future of music/rhythm is essential in today’s musical environment”.

About Abhay’s Book “Contextualizing Light”

This book examines how the context of a project can provide a causative force for creating an appropriate architectural lighting design solution. Some of the questions it addresses are as follows:

  • Why should the lighting world be flat, and at the cost of the amazing variety of local nuances and ideas that can be incorporated into the architectural design process and solutions?
  • When did darkness become bad?
  • Should the dialog not be about embracing the differences in culture, design approach, and other conditions that each region of the world provides, while embracing light as a universal medium?
  • Why are we looking to build an illuminated world at night that looks similar to other places?
  • How do the new lighting technologies impact our evolving zeitgeist?
  • Why is providing human-centric, dramatic & evocative experiences through light important for architecture & humanity?
  • How can we implement contextualized lighting design solutions that respect & enhance life experiences, especially for health and wellness?

These ideas and concepts are highlighted in the 18 essays written by the author in this book. These are further illustrated with examples from over 80 completed projects in 23 countries over the past 18 years of his design practice. Through this treatise, the author also shares ground-breaking research, where he discusses a holistic approach for using lighting to create spaces for health & wellness.

For more information on the book, please contact us at For distribution inquiries, please contact our publisher ORO Editions California at

Book Tour

The Contextualizing Light book tour is being rescheduled due to COVID-19. We will be bringing the book to cities around the world. Please stay tuned for updates on the revised schedule. For more information, please visit the book’s website:

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