Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2020 Lighting Design: Bridging the Gap between LEED and WELL

Lighting Design: Bridging the Gap between LEED and WELL

Wednesday, August 19
2:30pm – 3:30pm


Credits: 1 AIA LU

Lighting is a major component to achieve LEED and WELL. If the correct approach is taken from early stages of planning and design both standards can work hand-in -hand. While LEED focuses on environmental sustainability and WELL focuses on a building occupants’ wellbeing, there are parameters the team must understand and follow to create a truly sustainable building. This session includes an introduction to WELL V2 and compares and contrasts lighting design criteria for LEED and WELL. Bridging the gap between the two can elevate your current and future projects to be environmentally responsible and mindful of human health benefits.


  1. Discover what WELL is and why it is so important to the future of sustainable design and construction
  2. Understand lighting credits for both WELL and LEED and how to achieve them
  3. Be able to identify similarities and differences of lighting in WELL and LEED
  4. Be able to implement the lighting concepts of WELL to any future building and construction type creating healthier environments for building occupants


Reiko Kagawa, LC, LEED AP, BD+C, WELL AP, WELL Faculty
Principal, Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting

Reiko Kagawa is a Principal Lighting Designer at Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting and has been with the firm since 2004. She has led many of the firm's award-winning academic, commercial, and educational projects, and was selected as one of Lighting Magazine's top 40 under 40 international lighting designers in 2018. Reiko’s work always begins by collaborating with the client and design team. Then, she envisions how to make the space come alive with the element of light. She draws many sketches and details, conducting lighting analysis and mock-ups to make the vision truly successful. Reiko feels a great amount of responsibility on sustainable design and human well-being in her lighting design practice and has led many projects that involved Living Building Challenge, Net-Zero energy building, LEED, and WELL. She received her degree in Architecture from Oyama National College of Technology in Japan and earned her Architectural License in Japan in 2002. Reiko holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Mount Ida College in Massachusetts.