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.

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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.

Preference and Perception

Looking at a selection of the latest online papers from the Lighting Research & Technology journal, Iain Carlile from our London studio summarises the findings from four papers which look at how colour temperature and lighting method affect our view of space and objects.

This article was published in the Society of Light and Lighting’s September/October 2017 newsletter. Please click here to view the article in full.

8 St James’s Square, London

8 St James’s Square was an ill proportioned and over scaled existing inter-war building which has now been redeveloped into 65,500 ft² of prime office space. The new sustainable office building is situated in the exclusive St James’s district of Westminster, overlooking the historical St James’s Square Garden. The entrance leads into a reception space which spans the full width of the elevation. Eric Parry Architects used a rich palette of materials including walnut, leather, marble, lacquer that evoke the local traditional gentleman’s clubs of the area. The central marble lined lift shaft makes excellent use of natural daylight, allowing light to penetrate deep into the core of the building.

dpa worked in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects to deliver the lighting design to the external façades, reception, lift lobby, feature lift shaft and semi-scenic lift cars and external terraces. The principles were to create a warm welcoming well-lit space that highlighted key features while revealing the rich material pallet. The reception was lit with various layers of light that included bespoke linear inground uplights and pendants. No ceiling recessed luminaires were used within the reception and lift lobby to respect the clean lines of the detailed ceiling profile.

Client: Green Property Ventures
Architect: Eric Parry Architects
Photography: Dirk Lindner