darc thoughts: Fit for Purpose
Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 13:00 – 13:30

Nick started work in 1977 with Architect Monro & Partners who worked primarily on retail projects.In 1979 Nick joined dpa and focused his career on lighting design.As well as learning a huge amount from practice Principal Derek Phillips he attended South London Polytechnic which concentrated on the more engineering aspects of lighting consultancy.

Nick strongly believes that lighting design requires both technical knowledge and creativity to produce the best results. Nick became a partner of dpa lighting consultants in 1986, and co-Director of dpa lighting consultants Hong Kong. Derek retired in 1993, in 1995 Nick formed a partnership with Barry Hannaford who opened a London studio for the practice.In 2004 Nick and Barry opened an studio in Dubai and then in 2007 an studio in Japan.The practice also has a studio in Edinburgh now.




Nick has been at the forefront of promoting well considered lighting, delivering a wide range of lectures and writing articles throughout the world.  Nick has been involved in a number of institutional appointments for the IALD, CIBSE now SSL, the organiser of a conference and lighting show in London and a senior visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL in connection with the MSc Architecture, Light & Lighting. 

Nick believes strongly in the strength of the collective team at dpa and has deliberately recruited a wide variety of designers with different backgrounds to tackle the varying challenges our discipline requires.