Middle East Lighting Design Summit

Nikos Moskofidis, Associate based in our Dubai Studio was recently asked to be a panellist at the 7th Annual Middle East Lighting Design Summit held at the Sofitel, The Palm, Dubai. The panel discussed “Rethinking Urban Lighting Design Concepts and Techniques”, during which Nikos highlighted he importance of context in our approach to urban lighting and how we embrace the existing environment.

dpa Celebrates 60th Anniversary at Lighting Design Awards 2018

We are delighted that dpa project the Tiffany Gallery at the New-York Historical Society won ‘Leisure Project of the Year’ at the recent Lighting Design Awards 2018.  In addition Mei Ume was also awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Hotel and Restaurant Project’ of the Year category.

We are also very proud to announce that Iain Carlile and Louise-Mari Santiago were named in the Lighting Design Awards 40 under forty programme!

In celebration of the Practice reaching its 60th Anniversary, the Lighting Design Awards produced a short film about dpa which was shown at the event.  Please see below a link to the film, which pays tribute to Derek Phillips and the longevity of the Practice.


Seamless sophistication

dpa Partner, Nick Hoggett looks at current trends and technology within hotel lighting design in the April edition of FX Magazine. Please click here to view this article in full.

Lecture at London College of Fashion

dpa Senior Designer Johanna Medina was delighted to be asked to present a lecture on Lighting Design to students studying Fashion Retail Management at the University of the Arts, London, London College of Fashion. The lecture aimed to help students understand the principles of lighting design, how to build meaningful connections and emotionally engage with today’s enlightened consumers, values and ethical practices.

Robinsons, Dubai

An interesting article has been published by FX Magazine about the changing design of the traditional department store, and reinvention for a new younger clientele. The article references dpa project Robinsons department store in Dubai as an example of excellent design.

Please click here to view this article in full.

dpa Celebrates 60th Anniversary

We are pleased to share an article published by Arc Magazine celebrating dpa’s 60th Anniversary. The article features a timeline illustrating the Practice’s history as well as a selection of some of the more notable projects that the practice has completed over the past 6 decades.

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dpa designers named in 40under40 Award

We are delighted that dpa designers Iain Carlile and Louise-Mari Santiago have been named in the Lighting Design Awards 2018 – 40under40 annual programme, recognising a new generation of lighting design talent. Congratulations to all designers that have been recognised in this award.

dpa Wins Peer Award at Ready Steady Light 2018

‘The Ice Hut’ Was a collaborative team effort between the Oxfordshire and London offices at this year’s Ready Steady Light event organised by the Society of Light and Lighting.

The team was given, 6 light fittings, a randomly selected site at Rose Bruford College and 3 hours to create a visually striking and appealing installation.

‘The Ice Hut’ Installation came 1st in the Peer Award category, voted for by fellow designers competing at the event.


dpa projects shortlisted in Lighting Design Awards 2018

We are delighted that two dpa projects have been shortlisted in the Lighting Design Awards 2018.

Mei Ume at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square in the Hotel & Restaurant Project of the Year category and the Tiffany Gallery at the New-York Historical Society for ‘Leisure Project of the Year’.

We have our fingers crossed for Thursday 3rd May 2018!

Corpus Christi College Chapel, Oxford

We are extremely proud to announce that dpa project Corpus Christi College Chapel, Oxford has been awarded a Plaque by the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2017 – their highest accolade under the Building Conservation category.

Working closely with the Client, Corpus Christi College, GBS Architects, Oxford, Cliveden Conservation and Oxford Conservation, dpa designed a sympathetic lighting scheme to highlight the architectural detailing within this beautiful historic Chapel.
Photography courtesy of: Matt Livey

Barry Hannaford Awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Lighting Industry’ by the Light Middle East Awards

We are delighted to share the news that Barry Hannaford’s achievements have been recognised by the Light Middle East Awards for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Lighting Industry’.

Barry Hannaford started his lighting design career 47 years ago with Thorn Lighting at a time when Thorn had a world class research facility and educational programme. This solid foundation in the science of light was then further enhanced and expanded with positions at the London Borough of Greenwich Lighting Department, Concord Lighting Ltd and ERCO where he was the UK Technical Manager.  During the first 15 years of Barry’s career working within industry, Barry’s passion for the medium of light evolved and using the science that he had learnt his creative flare developed.

Wanting to fully exploit light within the built environment to provide building owners with the very best solutions, he joined Lighting Design Partnership in 1985 and was instrumental in the development of lighting design as a profession. In fact todays lighting designers owe a lot to LDP’s promotion of the discipline through the 1980’s, in which Barry played a pivotal role.

Barry joined dpa lighting consultants in 1996 as a Partner and established the London office with great success.  The Middle East has always been important to dpa with projects such as The Sheraton on the Creek from 1977 and on the back of various commissions in the region and in particular the Grand Hyatt in Dubai, dpa decided to set up an office in Dubai in 2003. Barry moved there in 2004 and remains an owner and Director of the Practice today.

Barry has been involved with literally thousands of projects all over the world, there are so many worthy of note it is difficult to isolate a few without feeling others should have been mentioned, but a selection of Barry’s completed projects are:

  • Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth II Private Library at Windsor Castle and the Queens House at Greenwich.
  • Opus Sacrum, Royal Palace Warsaw, Poland which was an exhibition designed by Franco Zeffirelli exhibiting Barbara Piasecka Johnsons art collection which included art by many of the Great Masters.
  • Opening night party for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Natural History Museum, as well as Lord Andrew Lloyd Webbers wedding reception and party and several of his residencies.
  • Arcapita Bank Headquarters & East Park Mosque, Bahrain with SOM Architects.
  • The National Assembly of Wales with Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
  • New York University Abu Dhabi with Rafael Vinoly.
  • A new project which will be seen in Abu Dhabi shortly is also on Barry’s list of his most important projects, unfortunately it can not be named today but I am sure in due course everyone will see it.

Barry’s extreme attention to detail and passion for understanding the science of light and using/sharing this knowledge creatively, is what makes him so special and so deserving of this award.