Abhay Wadhwa, 38

January 01, 2009 |


Abhay Wadhwa, 38

Principal, founder

Abhay Wadhwa Associates (AWA), New York, N.Y.


BArch, Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai, India

MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Founded AWA Lighting Designers in 2002; international design firm has 22 professionals, four offices operating in New York, Asia, and the Middle East.

Secured and maintains on-going relationships with major design firms, including KPF, FXFowle, HOK, Kiss+Cathcart, and Aedas.

Lighting design emphasizes creativity and energy efficiency; involved in 17 LEED Gold or Platinum projects.


Dubai Sixth Crossing Bridge (world’s longest single-arch span bridge).

Peak Tower, Hong Kong.

Mumbai (India) International Airport.


Adjunct professor, Graduate Lighting Design Program, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Author, technical papers on lighting design for historic buildings; energy policies and regulations; fiber-optic lighting systems.


Favorite food: BBQ Texas brisket and ribs at Blue Smoke in NYC.


Whips up impromptu gourmet dinners using only what’s in the refrigerator at the time.

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