St Andrews Links Trust Headquarters, Scotland – 2023 Civic Trust Awards Winner

dpa project St Andrews Links Trust Headquarters has been selected as a winner at the 2023 Civic Trust Awards. This project was one of only 50 national/international projects to be selected out of over 250 and will receive either an Award or will be Highly Commended at the 2023 Civic Trust Awards Ceremony to take place on 31st March.



Light Middle East Awards 2023

We are delighted to share the news that six dpa projects have been shortlisted in the Light ME Awards 2023:

  • Barfly by Buddha-Bar at the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai – shortlisted for two awards, Bar Lighting Design Project of the Year and Restaurant Lighting Design Project of the Year.
  • Factory Bar + Kitchen by McGettigan’s, at the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai – shortlisted for Bar Lighting Design Project of the Year.
  • Anglo American’s Headquarters, London – shortlisted for Project of the Year International.
  • Al Shindagha Museum, Al Maktoum House, Dubai – shortlisted for Public Space Lighting Design Project of the Year.
  • Route 2020 Metro Link, Dubai – shortlisted for Public Space Lighting Design Project of the Year

We have our fingers crossed for 19th January 2023 when the results will be announced!




We are delighted to share a video link to a talk held at Light22 on 22nd November at the Business Design Centre, Islington London. Nick Hoggett, Partner of dpa lighting consultants, joined Mark Major and Sally Storey as part of a panel to discuss lighting design and how the industry has grown, make predictions for the future and reflect on past projects and trends.

Please click here to watch the panel discussion.

dpa has four winning projects at the LIT Lighting Design Awards 2022

We are delighted to announce that dpa picked up four awards yesterday at the LIT Lighting Design Awards 2022.

  • Dubai Route 2020 Metro Link, UAE: “Bridges and Public Infrastructures Lighting”
  • The Constellation, The Founder’s Memorial, Abu Dhabi, UAE: “Light Art Project”
  • Al Shindagha Museum, Dubai, UAE: “Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition”
  • Anglo American’s Headquarters, London, UK: “Workplace Lighting”

To read more about these and other projects, please click here.


Fairmont Taghazout Bay, Morocco – winner at the Ahead MEA 2022 Awards

We are delighted to share that the Fairmont Taghazout Bay, Morocco has won the “Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces” category at the AHEAD MEA 2022 Awards.

The Fairmont Taghazout Bay is a coastal luxury five-star resort that sits within the beautiful Taghazout Bay. Its breath-taking views and beautiful gardens link the various hotel and F&B elements with an adjoining Fairmont operated villa complex within the overall site.

The stunning, simple and contemporary Moroccan architecture designed by Abdessamad Achrai (Local Architect) and HKS (Concept/Masterplan) and the soft and captivating landscape, designed by Scape Design are complimented by lighting providing both enhancement and theatre to the overall site as well as a practical approach to guest orientation with key features and elements illuminated at night. The elegant interiors designed by Wimberly Interiors connect beautifully with the outside scene, dovetailing with terraces and other spaces to reinforce the seamless inside-outside aspect of the spaces.

To read more about this project, please click here.

Operator: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts 
Client: AKWA Group 
Interior Designer: 
Wimberly Interiors
Landscape Design: Scape Design
Architect: Abdessamad Achrai (Local Architect) HKS (Concept/Masterplan)
Photography: Courtesy of Fairmont Tagazhout and Scape Design


St Andrews Links Trust Headquarters: winner at DIA Design Awards 2022


We are delighted to announce that dpa project, St Andrews Links Trust HQ, New Pilmour House has won Best Commercial/Non-Domestic Award at the Dundee Institute of Architects Design Awards 2022 (the DIA is a local chapter of the RIAS – Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland). Designed by architects Nicoll Russell Studios, Broughty Ferry,  the project was also “Highly Commended” for Interior Design, and the associated Balgove Starter Box by the same team won for “Best Use of Timber”. This recent accolade is part of a list of recent successes, which include: a “Pride of Place” Award for Best Commercial Project from St Andrews Preservation Trust and Best Commercial/Office/Hotel Project in the Scottish Design Awards. The project is also shortlisted for the Architects Journal Awards and the Civic Trust Awards; we are looking forward to hearing the outcome of these shortly! For further information on this project, please click here.

Client: St Andrews Links Trust
Architect: Nicoll Russell Studios, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Interior Designer: Nicoll Russell Studios, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
MEP Services Consultant: Elders Consulting Engineers llp
Structural & Civil Engineer: Millard Consulting
Landscape Consultant: Harrison Stevens
Quantity Surveyor: Hardies Property & Construction Consultants
Clerk of works: Sentinel Clerk of Works Limited
Contractor: Robertson Construction
Photography: Keith Hunter Photography

P&O Arvia departure from Meyer Werft Shipyard, Germany: 8th November 2022

dpa lighting consultants are immensely proud to have worked on P&O Cruises newest ship Arvia, the sister ship to Iona, which departed the Meyer Werft shipyard, Germany bound for Eemshaven, Netherlands for her conveyancing on 8th November 2022 and is scheduled for delivery during December 2022. dpa have been in collaboration with P&O Cruises and working in association with Jestico + Whiles, Partner Ship Design and Richmond International, designers of the front of house guest areas for this new 184,700 tonnes ship.

Like Iona, Arvia is powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), therefore significantly reducing carbon emissions.  At 345 metres long, Arvia will have an operating capacity of 5,200 guests and 1,800 crew, designed to capture unprecedented panoramic views across the ever-changing seascape, at every available opportunity. She will be the first ship of her kind to feature a Sky Dome with retractable roof, spanning a vast performance and recreation area at the top of the ship. Altogether, Arvia will be the epitome of a sunshine resort sailing year-round to the warmest climates.

Client: P&O Cruises
Builder: Meyer Werft Shipyard, Papenburg, Germany
External Profile of Ship: Martin Francis of Francis Design
Architects/Design Team: Jestico + Whiles, Partner Ship Design and Richmond International
Video/Photography: Courtesy of P&O Cruises

To read more about this project, click here.

Neue Balan, Campus der Ideen, Balanstrasse, Munich

dpa lighting consultants are delighted to be working with architect Dr. Norbert Weickenmeier and in association with Weickenmeier, Kunz + Partner Architects, Munich on the Neue Balan Campus project, which is a shortlisted entry in the German Urban Development Prize 2023. For more than 40 years, the awards have served to promote a forward-looking culture of planning and urban development and are awarded to urban development projects characterised by sustainable and innovative contributions to urban development culture.

Client: Allgemeine SÜDBODEN Grundbesitz AG
Architect: Dr. Norbert Weickenmeier + Weickenmeier, Kunz + Partner
Electrical Consultant: ITG
Photography: Stefan Müller-Nauman

To read more about this project, please click on the links below:

Balanstrasse Haus 27, Munich, Germany
Balanstrasse Haus 24, Munich, Germany
Balanstrasse Haus 14+26, Munich, Germany






Nick, Richard and David are delighted to announce that Stephanie Harris and Tim Leeding have been made Associates at our Oxfordshire studio and Louise Mari Santiago has been made Associate at our Dubai studio .  Stephanie, Tim and Louise have been with dpa for a long time, contributing to our success and working on a wide variety of projects within the Clifton and Dubai studios, Tim having worked in both studios. At dpa, we pride ourselves on developing our team and retaining talent within the Practice;  these promotions further reflect this approach which we believe to be so important.


Ingo Kalecinski wins award at London Design Festival 2022

We are very proud to announce that Ingo Kalecinski, Associate based in our London Studio, has won a competition at the London Design Festival 2022 for his design of a GOBO projection. The challenge set by WE-EF Lighting was to create an illustration that addresses “how design can help create environments that foster well-being and enrich our lives”.

“The inspiration for the design came from west-facing building façades that I often observe from my living room when they reflect the sunset against the eastern sky above them that is already immersed in darkness. These Glazed facets pick out this magical, warm glow and turn into temporary beacons of light dotted into the otherwise dark concrete jungle surrounding them.

I have always been intrigued to find out what these intense pockets of light must feel like close-up. Ironically once you have made your way over there, they would inevitably disappear as your perspective changes and the sun moves along its path – never to be caught.

The idea was to capture this phenomenon of colour and the emotional uplift it provides within this secluded forecourt and to preserve the effect for an extended period throughout the evening, well past sunset.

The projected image creates an abstract perception of the courtyard space for the viewers standing within it by replicating shadow outlines of surrounding architecture and planting. These silhouettes seamlessly frame the mesmerising and uplifting warm gradient glow of the sun setting.”

I see a secondary vantage point for passers-by on the trains above who may only catch a short glimpse of the projection, making it even more mystical and perhaps something to look out for again next time around. “ Ingo Kalecinski, Associate, dpa lighting consultants.

Rest Assured

dpa Senior Associate Iain Carlile examines three of the recently published Lighting Research and Technology papers which focus on circadian-effective lighting, wellbeing and sleep quality.  Please click here to view this article in full.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ September/October 2022 edition.

Further editions of the Society of Light and Lighting’s newsletter ‘Light Lines’ can be found on their website or by clicking here.


OKKU Riyadh

dpa were delighted to be commissioned to produce the lighting design for OKKU,  an award-winning Japanese Restaurant, operating in Riyadh. The original and innovative space features two distinct floors where guests are greeted by Samurai warriors, a signature Jelly Fish Tank, a giant Japanese Bell and exquisite interior detailing to compliment the food and beverage.

dpa were very proud to work again with OKKU on another iconic restaurant and worked closely with the design team and client to bring out the richness and detail of the interiors with light, in a subtle and sympathetic manner.

Client: Whissle
Interior Designer: LW Design Group
Photography: Courtesy of OKKU


A1 Lighting Magazine – September 2022: Pilmour House, St Andrews Links Trust Headquarters, Scotland

We are delighted to share an article published in the latest edition of A1 Lighting Magazine, September 2022, regarding dpa project Pilmour House, St Andrews Links Trust Headquarters, Scotland. Please click here to read this article in full.

Custodians of the seven public golf courses at St. Andrews, including the Old Course, St. Andrews Links Trust, have recently moved into their new headquarters building, Pilmour House. Designed by Nicoll Russell Studios (NRS) and completed in Autumn 2021, the building is now fully occupied and operational. dpa lighting consultants were delighted to be invited by NRS to provide lighting design for the interior, exterior facades, landscape and Gatehouse.

dpa are Recruiting!

Our London, Dubai and Clifton (Oxfordshire) studios are currently recruiting for talented Lighting Designers and Senior Lighting Designers.

Please visit the recruitment section of our website, by clicking here, to find out more about the opportunities available within our team.

Arc Magazine, Issue 129: Boka Place, Porto Montenegro, Montenegro

We are delighted to share an article published in the latest edition of Arc Magazine, issue 129, regarding dpa project Boka Place, Porto Montenegro, Montenegro. Please click here to read this article in full.

This is the first SIRO hotel located in Boka Place, Porto Montenegro. The brand new hospitality brand from Kerzner, SIRO (Strength, Inclusive, Reflection and Original), will offer a wellbeing experience for guests and residents alike, with a 96 key hotel sitting alongside 144 managed residences.  We have been working closely with Atellior on the interior areas, Holder Mathias Architects and on the external architecture and Gillespies on the landscape design for this exciting development, due for completion at the end of 2023.



Architecture with impact

We are delighted to share an article regarding dpa project Route 2020 Metro Link, Dubai, UAE published in the July/August 2022 edition of A1 Lighting Magazine. Please click here to read this article in full.

Photography courtesy of Phil Handforth Architectural Photography.



Layering Light

dpa Partner, Richard Bolt has recently contributed to an article published in April 2022 by A1 Lighting Magazine on the subject of “Layering Light”. To view this article in full please click here.