The Lighting Practice is thrilled to announce Associate Emad Hasan has been named to the 2017 40under40, an international program that identifies the most talented and promising individuals working in the lighting design industry.
Lighting magazine’s 40under40 awards program, in association with global lighting brand OSRAM, was founded in 2016 to celebrate 40 years of the Lighting Design Awards. For the second year, 40under40 has selected 20 men and 20 women who are “… raising the bar on the creativity and quality of projects across the world.” For their outstanding contributions to the field, the lighting designers are recognized by 40under40 as representatives of a new generation taking lighting design forward in the 21st century.
“The achievements of these millennials – be they creative, academic or philanthropic – are phenomenal and the selection panel were incredibly impressed,” said Ray Molony, chairman of the 40under40 international selection panel. “This year’s cohort are truly outstanding and it is set to make a huge contribution. This industry is in safe hands for the future.”
Emad began his career with The Lighting Practice in 2005 as an entry-level lighting designer. Since then, he has designed and managed more than 70 projects including the Lit Brothers Building and LDS Temple in Philadelphia as well as the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University. He became an Associate in 2015. In this role, Emad expanded his firm involvement to include business development, marketing, and improving office operations. He is particularly passionate about recruiting and training newcomers to enhance the design team. Beyond mentoring staff, Emad shares his knowledge with students to help them succeed in the field. He often leads tours to introduce high school and younger students to lighting design, and he participates in teaching, critiquing, and judging at the university level.
“Being a valuable lighting designer goes far beyond designing,” Emad said. “I am constantly looking to develop standards, incorporate industry advancements, and improve ways to manage and interact with clients.”
As an active member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Emad shares its commitment to cultivate a universal appreciation of the impact of light on people. In addition to serving as the IALD Philadelphia Chapter coordinator for three years, he is a member of the Enlighten Americas Content Advisory Committee and the Energy and Sustainability Committee, through which he has had the opportunity to affect energy regulations in the U.S.
Congratulations to Emad and the rest of the lighting designers who were named to this year’s 2017 list.