Principal | New York Office

Emad Hasan is an award-winning lighting designer and firm leader at The Lighting Practice. He joined The Lighting Practice in 2005 after earning a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Lighting Design and a Minor in Architectural Studies from Pennsylvania State University. In 2019, Emad was promoted to Principal of the firm’s New York office, overseeing project design, managing firm operations, and pursuing project opportunities through marketing and business development efforts.  Since 2019, he has led the expansion of the firm’s New York office from four designers to ten, quickly establishing TLP as a leader in lighting design in New York. He serves as a mentor to the firm’s designers, always encouraging design excellence along with personal and professional growth. His passion for lighting design paired with his technical knowledge has informed his project work in a variety of market sectors including academic, civic, corporate, healthcare, hospitality, historic and exterior façades. Emad is a Professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, having served on various committees, and was recognized for his leadership in lighting design by Lighting Magazine in their 40under40 class of 2017.

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
  • Illuminating Engineering Society - Member
  • The Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY) – Member