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