A Ship For All Seasons

We are delighted to share with you an article published in this month’s edition of darc magazine regarding dpa project Crystal Mozart. Please click here to read the article in full.

London College of Fashion – Lecture

Johanna Medina, Senior Designer from our London Studio, was recently invited by Dr. Mirsini Trigoni from the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, to deliver a one hour lecture to the students of the MA Fashion Retail Management.

The lecture was about the principles of lighting design, issues lighting designers take into consideration while designing a commercial/retail space, and an explanation to the students on the design process from concept to completion with some examples of our work. Techniques on how lighting can enhance and create an atmosphere within a space, creating a strong and positive experience for the customer but at the same time present the products correctly were discussed. For the case study, Johanna presented some examples of fashion stores that dpa had designed and explained the logic behind the specific lighting solutions.

Ready, Steady, Light 2017

dpa Designers Adam Busby, Declan Sullivan, Ashley Rogers and Veronica Lykou were delighted to participate in Ready, Steady, Light 2017, organised by The Society of Light and Lighting, in partnership with Rose Bruford College. As part of the challenge 14 teams were asked to design and set up a temporary exterior installation, using a limited range of equipment in only 180 minutes.

The dpa team were given six luminaires to light an allocated area which consisted of thick foliage and several trees. Their aim was to add depth, texture and drama to the natural, outdoor space. They added depth and perspective by uplighting trees in both the background and foreground. By lighting the trees and foliage they also highlighted their natural textures as well as casting interesting shadows. A blossom tree, lit with a single coloured LED luminaire, created a focal point and a playful element. Finally, with a large tree in the foreground put into silhouette with a luminaire placed behind the tree they added a sense of drama to the scheme. All light sources were concealed as much as possible to ensure the viewer would only see the lit effect, rather than being distracted by glare light points.

Congratulations to Rachael on winning “40 under 40 voices” event!

Many congratulations to Rachael Nicholls on winning the ’40under40 – Voices’ competition held on 23rd November 2016 at LuxLive 2016, and also to Shayne Grist who took part in the event.

Both Rachael and Shayne were asked to pitch a two-minute idea on the subject, “How can lighting save the world?”.

Rachael’s idea was to form a platform or organisation of lighting design professionals with the intention of making lighting design affordable and accessible for projects that benefit people.

In total six lighting designers took part, and after some tough questions from the judges, Rachael’s idea was selected as the winner!

Deeksha Surendra

We are delighted to announce that Deeksha Surendra has joined dpa’s Dubai studio as a Senior Designer further expanding our team in the Middle East.

Deeksha has in the past, worked in lighting design and architecture practices in India and UK. After graduating in architecture and having worked in architectural practices for a few years, Deeksha’s interest in the symbiotic nature of art and architecture led her to pursue a Master’s degree in a multidisciplinary art course in Edinburgh. It was here that she was introduced to lighting design, baking and running. Now she pursues at least 2 of the 3 at any given time. Deeksha is also a registered member of the Council of Architecture in India.

Shown above is an image that Deeksha has selected that is inspirational to her, and below a short verse that Deeksha has written about her chosen image.

At dawn, a bonfire is lit
A giant orb looming, in silence we gather,
A year has gone by, we await the beginning of another
With hope, love and light
(Auroville, India – January 1, every year)


dpa Projects Win European Hotel Design Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that two dpa projects have won awards at the recent European Hotel Design Awards 2016.

The Architecture Awards – Newbuild:  
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

The Interior Design Awards – Restaurant:
KOLLÁZS Brasserie & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest 

Congratulations to everyone involved with these projects!

dpa wins awards!

We are delighted to announce that the following dpa projects have been selected for awards:

  • Tamba, Abu Dhabi – Winner – Hospitality RECA category in the Identity Design Awards 2016


  • Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai – Winner – Hospitality Interior Category in the Identity Design Awards 2016


  • Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – Winner – Opening of the Year/New Build in the European Hospitality Awards 2016


  • Level Kids – Winner – Interior Design of the Year in the Annual Commercial Interior Design Awards 2016

dpa wins award at Light Middle East 2016

Our Dubai Studio were delighted to win an award at the Light Middle East Awards 2016 for their design of the Steigenberger Hotel, Dubai in the Hotel Lighting Project of the Year category.

We were also delighted to have three further projects shortlisted:

  • Tamba, Abu Dhabi – Restaurants & Bars Lighting Project of the Year – Shortlisted
  • Carnival, DIFC, Dubai – Restaurants & Bars Lighting Project of the Year – Shortlisted
  • Level Kids, Dubai – Retail Lighting Project of the Year – Shortlisted

Park Hyatt Mallorca

We are pleased to share an article published by Sleeper Magazine, regarding the Park Hyatt Mallorca designed by dpa’s London Studio. Please click here to view this in full.

dpa Team News

We are delighted to announce the promotion of three existing team members, a new Senior Designer and Mike Simpson re-joining the Practice.

We asked each team member to select an image that was inspirational to them and write a few words about why that image is important. Please click here to view this together with a few general words from each team member.