LDPi are one of the leading firms of Lighting Architects/Designers worldwide.

As an RIBA registered practice of 15 years, we ensure professionalism and delivery on projects across 18 countries.
Staffed primarily by Architects and Interior Designers LDPi ensures seamless integration into Design Teams around the world.


LDPi focus on the effect and integration of light throughout all practice work, whether this be in a Masterplan condition or small-scale project.

With an inherent understanding of the construction process and unique staff skill base in architectural detailing we strive to provide integrated solutions anchored in architecture. With an inherent interest in the design world we seek influence and creativity from all aspects of international design and culture. The practice embraces new technology and design challenges always looking forward whilst embedded in the commercial realism of international design and construction markets.

Senior Staff
  • Lawrie Nisbet
    Lawrie Nisbet / Managing Director BArch (Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA, RIAS, IALD

    Lawrie has specialised in lighting design since graduating as an Architect. He has designed and managed a diverse range of projects worldwide. He founded LDPi in 2000 and as Managing Director has established LDPi as one of the leading firms of lighting architects in the world. He frequently lectures internationally primarily on urban lighting solutions & masterplans. Lawrie maintains a very hands on approach ensuring the essence of LDPi design is always relevant and that the core of LDPi is always anchored within today’s multi-faceted design medium.

  • Douglas Hamilton
    Douglas Hamilton / Technical Director BArch (Hons), MArch, RIBA, RIAS

    Douglas joined Lighting Design Partnership after graduating in Architecture. He then completed his studies with a Masters in Architecture and then tutored in architecture at Edinburgh University. Formerly an Associate in a leading UK based firm of commercial Architects he then co-founded LDPi with Lawrie Nisbet. As Technical Director he ensures the highest standards of technical delivery and compliance across the LDPi portfolio.

  • Anne Kelly
    Anne Kelly / Practice Manager Joined LDPi in 2000

    Anne has over 30 years of experience working in the lighting design industry and has spent the past nineteen years working for LDPi. Her experience in contractual and fiscal management across the international spectrum is invaluable and unique within the industry.

  • Sudarshan Sathe
    Sudarshan Sathe / CEO India

    Sudarshan is CEO of LDPi India, taking full responsibility for the infrastructure of live projects and the business development of LDPi within the Region.

    Sudarshan is an Electrical Engineer with over 25 years of experience in lighting and related fields. He has a rich experience in working on large scale and prestigious projects from both a design and business perspective.

    He was formally working in the Middle East with a large conglomerate as Vice President and Profit Centre Head. His experience is in the project management from design to the final handover of the project, including supervision of initial mock ups, to the issuance of final design compliance certificate. He has also worked on a number of award winning and iconic projects such as Muscat International Airport, Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort in Oman and has been associated with LDPI in his previous position for over two decades.

  • Sara Jeffrey
    Sara Jeffrey / Head of Studios BDes (Hons) Interior Architecture, 3D Design

    Sara graduated in Interior Architecture and 3Dimensional design. From working in commercial interior design with a leading UK company whilst exhibiting her personal esquisse project work through international showcases, she joined LDPi. Sara is our Head of Studios and manages design output across our international base. Her excellent communication skills along with knowledge and interest in all aspects of design, ensures the highest standards of Client and Design team relationship.

  • Gill Pyatt
    Gill Pyatt / Head of Studio UK BArch (Hons), Dip Arch

    Gill graduated in Architecture and has spent the last twenty five years establishing herself as an award winning international lighting designer. Formerly Senior Designer at Speirs & Major, Gill also lectures in lighting design at Edinburgh University. Since joining LDPi she has brought her vast project experience to that of Head of UK Studios, managing the production base of LDPi and its international distribution thereof.


The work and philosophy of LDPi has been recognised by being awarded with a range of major international lighting honours

Bahrain Wolrd Trade Centre, Manama, Bahrain

PALME Awards
2010 Winner – Best Use of Exterior Lighting

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort

The Middle East Lighting Design Awards (MELDA)
2007 Winner – Middle East Project of the Year

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort

The Middle East Lighting Design Awards (MELDA)
2007 Winner – Hospitality & Leisure


As can be seen from our Client listing we are working with some of the world's leading designers.

  • 3DReid
  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
  • Aedas Architects
  • Atkins
  • Aukett Fitzroy Robinson
  • BB Partnership
  • BCI Design
  • BDG McColl
  • Benoy
  • Blue Air
  • Burrows Cave Interiors
  • Chapman Taylor
  • Chris Dyson Architects
  • Cooper Cromar
  • Cowi-Larsen Joint Venture
  • Cracknell
  • Dara Architects
  • DS Architects
  • GHD
  • Gulf House Engineering
  • Hawkins Brown
  • HBK Engineering
  • Hurd Rolland
  • Interiors With Art
  • Lewis Hickey
  • Michael Laird Partnership
  • Morphogenesis
  • Norman Gray Architects
  • Patel Taylor
  • Perkins + Will
  • Red Box Design
  • RSP
  • Simon Gregson
  • TP Bennett
  • UHA London
  • Wilson Associates
  • Aviaplan
  • Awal Hotelling Co S.P.C.
  • Baneasa Developments
  • Blue Air
  • Blue Elephant International PLC
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • British Land
  • Chester Council
  • Decovar
  • Delpriore
  • Dutch Government
  • Fife Council
  • Forth Ports
  • Glasgow Council
  • Hard Rock International
  • Hawkins Brown
  • Heron Developments
  • Hilton International
  • Icon
  • IMS
  • Interlock
  • International Petroleum (IPIC)
  • Jindall Corporation
  • John Gilbert & Partners
  • Kempinski Hotel Group
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Land Securities
  • Lewis Hickey
  • Mace
  • Marriot Hotels
  • Miller Walmsley
  • Ministry of Transport & Communications, Sultanate of Oman
  • Movenpick
  • Neo Sigma
  • Northern Rock Building Society
  • Omilus Group
  • Oxford University
  • Patel Taylor
  • Plaza Romania
  • Primark Stores
  • Projacs International
  • Qatar Airways
  • Qatar Petroleum
  • Radisson Hotels
  • Redevco
  • Rezidor
  • Ritz Carlton
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • RPS Group PLC
  • S.C.Pruva
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Equitable
  • Shangri - La Hotels
  • Skypark Unit Trust
  • SOM
  • Standard Life
  • Swarovski
  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • Theobald Gardiner
  • Tianjin Corporation
  • To Pruss
  • Turner International
  • Vis-a-Vis
  • Wilkinson Eyre
  • Zip Studio
  • Zubair Corporation
  • Based Upon
  • Kirsty Brooks
  • Lucy Casson
  • Mona Hatoum
  • Morphogenesis
  • David Mach
  • Kate Maestri
  • Lasvit
  • Interiors with Art
  • Matthew Jarrett