Architect, lighting designer and founder of DPA Lighting Consultants (formerly known as Derek Phillips Assoc.) Derek Phillips died Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013, in the UK at age 90.
Phillips pioneered the discipline of independent lighting consultancy in the UK and left his lighting design mark on the world. His work included the lighting of the SS Oriana in 1960, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong in 1963, Westminster Abbey in 1965, historic monuments of Sri Lanka as an UNESCO consultant in 1976, The Durbar Court/The Foreign Secretary’s Office and Locarno Suite at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London in the 1980s.
Phillips was a pioneer — lighting consultancy as a professional discipline divorced from the commercial influences of supplying equipment was an unknown entity before his influence. Phillips retired in 1993 but his passion for lighting did not cease. He authored four books on the subject as well as his autobiography and attended many industry events.
Phillips is survived by four of his children Adam, Rebecca, Jemima and Amelia, twelve grandchildren and was excited about the forthcoming birth of his first great-grandchild.