Associate Principal

Emad joined The Lighting Practice in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Principal in 2019. He has been designing architectural lighting for education, corporate, healthcare, hospitality, historic and urban environments in addition to exterior facades. Emad uses his keen interest in art and photography as inspiration and to guide him through the design process. He is committed to expanding his own knowledge and that of the lighting community at large through participation in the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). He was recognized by Lighting Magazine as a 40under40 class of 2017 for his leadership in lighting design.

Why did you become a lighting designer?
I stumbled upon this major in college and found it that it allowed me to satisfy both sides of my brain. I’m able to impact how a space makes people feel and I achieve that through a combination of art and science.

If you couldn’t be a lighting designer, what would you be?
Photography is a passion of mine so I would be a fine art photographer. I enjoy observing people and places, and photographing my surroundings. Lighting is also a huge component of what makes a good photo so there’s always that connection.

If you could only have one mode of transportation for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What is your favorite ice cream flavor: chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
Where do I begin? Ice cream is my favorite food. Strawberry is my go to. Almost anything Ben & Jerry’s (really loving Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream these days). Also John’s Water Ice in South Philly. It’s not ice cream, but equally important.


Bachelor of Architectural Engineering – The Pennsylvania State University

Credentials & Affiliations

  • LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction
  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) - Professional Member
  • IALD Energy & Sustainability Committee - Member
  • IALD Philadelphia Chapter Coordinator (2012 - 2015)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society - Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) - Member
  • ULI Philadelphia - Member
  • ULI Philadelphia, Small Scale and Impact Development Local Product Council - Council Member