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    Architect Shweta Grover Shares Insights on Trends in Workspace Lighting

    Shweta Grover is an award-winning architect with over 20 years of experience in crafting spaces. She believes in innovation and out-of-the-box thinking and has collaborated with leading companies, both in India and internationally to create visionary work environments and real estate portfolios. She is a well-known public speaker, and her passion for her work is evident in the transformative strategies she adopts in her work.


    In a recent interview, she shares some insights into her approach towards design and how workspaces have evolved over the last few years. Having been in the space of workplace design for more than 17 years, Shweta has witnessed the growth of this sector since its nascent stage.

    Shweta Grover
    Workplace design, in Shweta's opinion, is a highly experimental and exploratory process. The idea of the workplace as a whole has undergone a major transition through time. The last few years have seen many aspects, such as net-zero design and energy efficiency, wellness and sustainability and carbon footprint reduction become non-negotiables. Workplace design has expanded significantly as a result of the acceptance of global ideas, shifting demographics, incorporation of technology, materiality and other factors, she adds. She has seen a long span of change and remains actively involved in this space. Working with global clients has been a unique experience for her as it allows for a lot of knowledge sharing. Shweta and her team strive to deliver high-quality global work in India where she feels that there is a lot of freedom to experiment. Shweta noted that the pandemic has opened up conversations for change. Hybrid work styles is here to stay and workplace will imbibe new meaning and possibilities with time.
    Flexible work environments demand adaptable design solutions to create a seamless  employee experience.

    Flexible work environments demand adaptable design solutions to create a seamless

    employee experience.


    Shweta mentions that her clients are now taking the notion of flexible work environments very seriously. Businesses are now exploring workspaces from a different perspective, providing more agile work choices for individual and team work as well as collaboration. Shweta's method for designing workplaces is adaptable and flexible, keeping up with both general trends and changing client demands. She is committed to producing high-quality work and preserving creative independence.


    In conversation with us, Shweta emphasized the crucial role lighting plays in setting the tone for a space, whether it is a residential, hospitality or workspace. Lighting for space settings and overall ambience is an integrated approach to achieving an experiential space, layered with psychological and sensory impacts of lighting.

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    Flexible work environments demand adaptable design solutions to create a seamless

    employee experience.


    It is essential to integrate lighting design with the overall aesthetics of space since it influences how the room looks, feels, and is organized. Shweta recounted a project that required research on human-centric lighting. Tunable fixtures were employed in this instance to provide the ideal atmosphere for users who worked longer shifts. Shweta stresses that circadian lighting has a lot to promise and may be advantageous in therapeutic settings, including hospitals and educational facilities.

    During business hours, LMS (lighting management system) provides an ideal lighting environment for canteens and open areas. Human-centric lighting in such settings can revolutionize lighting design, improve the well-being of users, and prove to be energy-efficient.


    Shweta mentioned that they collaborate with several consultants, subject matter experts, clients, to develop and detail their design. She explained that there are many trends in lighting design, but not every trend is suitable for every project or client. It is crucial to understand the business's needs, the kind of work users do, and other factors before deciding on the lighting trends to follow. When designing for a company, its vision statement is of utmost importance to ensure that the space reflects the company's brand and culture.


    For young and upcoming designers, Shweta points out the importance to stay curious and open-minded, learn and experiment with design. 


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    Written by Yogesh Murugesan

    Yogesh is an architect who is passionate about design, reading, writing, and movies. Through his journey in architecture, he hopes to continue his pursuit of design and writing while creating meaningful work that inspires others.