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.

darc Night

dpa were invited to participate again in the darc Night Awards, held on 15th September 2016 in London. This was a unique event held to celebrate the darc awards and to also showcase a series of light installations from collaborations between lighting designers and manufacturer partners.

Inner Iridescence is an installation that provokes a contrast of feelings. It’s dull, modular exterior is in stark contrast to the beautiful, random interior. This sharp change in atmosphere is designed to play with the users mood. The bright colours surprise and uplift the user as they move from the purposely drab environment, which incases the installation.

A key characteristic of the installation was the choice of materials. As this exhibition is temporary, it was very important that the materials were reusable and recyclable. With this thinking as a driver for the design, tin foil was chosen for it’s reflective properties and cost effectiveness. Readily available, simple cardboard boxes created the desired, familiar, unassuming facade.

The simplicity of the materials allows the high quality of the luminaires to be seen clearly. Overhead RGB spotlights and low level RGB linears immerse the cube in a full range of colours and reflections.

Mixtures of Fixtures

Nick Hoggett has recently been interviewed by darc magazine regarding decorative lighting and architectural lighting – please click here to view this article in full.

Forty International Lighting Design Stars of the Future

Lighting Magazine have published 40 under Forty featuring “forty international lighting design stars of the future”, which celebrates the 40th annual Lighting Design Awards.

We are delighted that Shayne Grist and Rachael Nicholls, Senior Designers at dpa, have been selected in this group.

Please click here to read this article in full.

When Lighting Meets Retail

Johanna Medina, Senior Designer at dpa lighting consultants was invited in May this year to give a lecture at The London College of Fashion. The lecture was designed to help students understand the importance of good lighting design in a retail context, as the students were in the process of designing a pop-up shop for their final end of year project.

Johanna discussed the theory of light and new technologies, as well as Lighting Design as a profession and showed examples of retail projects where spaces have been enhanced by light, created a strong/positive experience for the customer/end user, but at the same time presented the products correctly.