Wadia, who lives in St. Matthews, became fascinated with the rebuilding of her family's home and others after the 1974 tornado. She went on to study architecture at the University of Kentucky and completed her Bachelor's Degree in architecture at Arizona State University.
After practicing in Phoenix and San Diego and moving back to Louisville in 1993, she parlayed her architectural expertise into an artistic enterprise called Wadia Newman Designs, creating pen-and-ink drawings and prints of historic buildings, including Locust Grove, Whitehall and Farmington historic homes. Newman's other subjects include the Peterson-Dumesnil House in Crescent Hill, Sacred Heart Academy, Trinity High School, Male High School, the Belle of Louisville, the old Vogue Theatre, Duncan Memorial Chapel in Crestwood and the Daniel Boone statue next to Cherokee Park.
“As an architect, I've been trying to promote good architecture in Louisville,” she said. She believes that if people become more familiar with the city's architectural heritage, they'll come to appreciate the importance of good design.
Newman's work has been gifted to prime ministers, mayors, and foreign dignitaries throughout the world by previous Louisville Mayor David Armstrong. Her work has also hung in a House of Representative's office in Washington, DC. She is most proud of an original 7 piece artwork collage commissioned and made for Steven Block, to hang in his New York City residence. Steven Block (deceased) was a renowned art collector, and known for having the largest private collection of James McNeill Whistler Lithographs in the world. Newman was humbled but thrilled to be in such exquisite company.