Principal, NY Office

Emad Hasan 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 The Pennsylvania State University. In 2019, Emad was promoted to Principal of the firm’s New York office, overseeing design direction for individual projects, facilitating day-to-day operations, and pursuing new project opportunities through marketing and business development.  Emad uses his keen interest in film and photography as inspiration in developing artistic and distinctive lighting design that enhances the architectural and human experience.  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, exterior façades, and more.  Emad was recognized by Lighting Magazine for his leadership in lighting design as a 40under40 class of 2017.  He is also an active member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and Urban Land Institute.

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
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) - Member