Lux Populi supports its global clients with new UK office


Lux Populi, the Mexico City based design practice that has been quietly building a name for itself across the world, is now expanding its reach with a new UK team. Collaborating with clients and designers to develop custom crafted solutions for each client and project, Lux Populi’s work is informed by architecture, identity, context and function.

Colorado Residence

First established by Thomas Paterson over a decade ago, the award-winning practice has grown to a team of nineteen. Anybody visiting its Mexico City home office will be struck by the passion of the team and the practice’s commitment to delivering its lighting designs so clearly communicated that they can be correctly interpreted by site teams on any continent. The result is that the team’s vibrancy and excitement is clearly seen when the project is up and running.

Lux Populi has a strong client base throughout the Americas but has clients and projects across much of the globe. To allow the practice to grow and to better serve clients in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, Lux Populi is now achieving a long held ambition to create a UK team.

Sushi Garage

Lux Populi has drawn a devoted following in the architectural community, including many ongoing relationships. Collaborations include Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Wheeler Kearns, Gensler, Vinci Hamp, Woodhouse Tinucci, Gluck Plus, Leroy Street Studio, Eight Inc, Allies and Morrison, Makower Architects, SAOTA, ARRCC, Perkins and Will, OLI, CM+, Kovac Design, George Wong Design, Zyscovich, Arquitectonica, Alejandro Barrios Carrero and the list goes on. It is Lux Populi’s ability to adopt the style of its collaborators seamlessly that delivers endlessly varied, coherent bodies of work with each team.

Hyatt Regency Mexico City

Lux Populi has turned to Bob Bohannon to lead the new team. Thomas Paterson and Bob have been friends since their early cooperation on Metal 57, Renault’s media headquarters in Paris in the early 2000s. Bob brings 30 years of lighting experience and strong leadership skills, whilst he says of Thomas Paterson “having worked with Thomas over the years, I’m struck by several things, firstly, of course, is his output of innovative, engineered-in-the-round and effective lighting schemes. But Thomas also has a formidable technological brain, able to synthesise leading edge science and technology from fields well beyond lighting. And from behind that personable, Australian, down-to-earth exterior comes some remarkably erudite prose.”

Hyatt Regency Mexico City

Lux Populi UK’s first projects are lined up to start in January 2017 with the launch of its Oxford office. The team will be led by Bob and associate Oriana Romero, who will be relocating from Mexico City to support the new team. In her own words “I have no doubt, after all these years working with the Mexico team, that we are ready to grow to the next level, face new challenges and enjoy new successes. We are extremely excited to share our knowledge, passion and creativity with anyone joining us in this new adventure. You’re more than welcome to join us!”

Mylayne Pavilion Millenium Park

We are now recruiting a team of UK lighting designers, for more information contact Bob Bohannon on via LinkedIn or

Project: Colorado Residence
Architect: wHY
Photo Credit: Thomas Paterson, 2009
Winnetka – Thomas Parterson

Project: Sushi Garage
Designer: Alejandro Barrios Carrero
Photo Credit: Michael Stavaridis, 2016

Project: Hyatt Regency Mexico City
Designer: George Wong Design
Photo Credits: Hyatt Corporation, 2014

Project: Mylayne Pavilion Millenium Park
Artist: Jean Luc Mylayne
Architect: Wheeler Kearns Architect
Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago

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