Our lighting team consists of artists, product designers, engineers, theatre designers and architects. Teamwork, conceptual integrity and sustainability are central to our philosophy and methods.
Every project benefits from this vibrant mix of skills and backgrounds and we operate as a creative collective to deliver people centred designs. Independence from any supplier allows us to select the best solutions for the project. We are experienced in all the key areas of lighting design and market leaders in retail, heritage, leisure, education, libraries, workplace, public realm, art and art galleries, exterior architecture, environmental impact assessments and daylight design.
As experts we deliver the most advanced and appropriate solutions for our clients. We contribute widely to professional bodies and through our publications, seminars and events, we aim to educate and inspire.
For more information please download our Lighting brochure.
Our new daylight brochure sets out our service across the various RIBA stages and importantly our ability to offer Climate Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM). This is a new metric that uses local climate data and assists design by expressing results much more intuitively. Daylight brochure
At the beginning of any project we look at the users of the spaces and bring their individual and collective concerns to create a design brief that then informs and guides the process from concept to final evaluation.
We operate as a design collective recruited from disparate backgrounds and their experience is exploited through a collaborative process. We are part of BDP, an organisation that has espoused interdisciplinary working since 1961. Lighting design has so many design and client interfaces that profound interaction with all parties is essential.
We are not stylists. Our work is based on a profound respect for architecture and a belief that each project is unique. Lighting design should be rooted in a desire to reveal and support architectural form, the ideas that underpin it and the functions it serves.
We believe that design concept should come from rigorous intellectual analysis of human behaviour and the interaction of people with the surrounding architectural and landscape environment. An understanding of the value of design proposals in these terms facilitates communication and implementing the original design. It is through this methodology that we create, and implement, world class designs.
Sustainability is rooted in our humanist approach and acknowledgement of our impact on the global community. We are experienced in the provision and design of projects to both BREEAM, LEED and WELL Building Standard.
Professional, creative, caring, passionate and resolute, BDP guided us throughout our journey to design a new London headquarters which truly embodies the vision and values of our organisation celebrating the heritage of our past and the exciting developments in modern pharmacy.Simon Redman Director of Finance and Resources, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Great work! You certainly delivered on your idea, and it’s not often that that happens! All issues were addressed in a methodical way, which just goes to show that you can deliver something different, if you try.Stuart Thompson Senior Design Manager, Morgan Sindall
Illustrious Company was formed in 2000 to create new forms of immersive spatialized sound composition using their unique three dimensional 3D AudioScape surround-sound system, in particular for collaborative works with digital and fine artists, world heritage sites, museums, exhibitions, live events, dance, theatre, technology developers, research and education.
It has been our privilege and pleasure to support a number of artists throughout our many years of practice. Art is now becoming increasingly central to our work and it is for this reason that we have developed our Community of Artists, partly in recognition and celebration, but also as a service to our clients.
Our lighting team operates as an independent lighting consultancy. Here are some of the clients and partners with whom we have had the pleasure of working over the years - client list
We deliver the highest quality on time and in budget as attested by our many international awards. Mark Ridler was awarded Lighting Designer of the Year in 2014 and we have been finalists for the Lighting Design Awards every year since 2003 - lighting awards
To celebrate Pride month BDP hosted its first Glitterball on 27 July, in association with RIBA’s Architecture LGBT+ and IALD and sponsored by Zumtobel.
Colin Ball challenges the perceptions of light, conciousness and darkness in lecture documented in Lighting Journal.
Lighting accounts for 20% of world electricity consumption. Head of Lighting Mark Ridler looks at the relationship between ever more connected technology and lighting and how its design can allow us to light less for machines and more for people.
Colin Ball discusses the relationship between religion, architecture and light throughout history.
Lighting director Colin Ball is a keynote speaker at both Share Belgrade and Share Sofia 2018, the international architecture and engineering forum for innovation and exploration of new materials and technologies.
Lora Kaleva talks about BDP's work on this amazing project.
BDP is a sponsor of this year’s e-Luminate Cambridge and lighting director Colin Ball and his team have designed an interactive installation at Trinity Hall.
Lighting director Mark Ridler reflects on the transition theatrical lighting designers make to architecture.
Colin is a lighting director in London studio and Chris is one of our lighting designers in Manchester. In these short videos they tell us about their careers in BDP.
Our architects, landscape architects and lighting designers collaborated as one to design and redevelop a previously unused area into a beautiful and tranquil new public space for people to visit and use.