Patrick awarded distinction 'Royal Designer for Industry'

Thursday, 28 November, 2013

photo by Chris Lopez

Patrick was this week made a 'Royal Designer for Industry'.

The title was introduced by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in 1936 to honour designers of excellence and recognise their important contribution to design of all forms.


"I am delighted to have been appointed RDI and to be joining such an inspirational group of fellow designers and creators. Light and lighting – contrived or otherwise - is all around us, and is enjoyed in all its beautiful and diverse forms by audiences who I find have some sort of visceral and instinctive connection with the medium. That the RSA has seen fit to recognise my work, when in truth the making of it is simply an enormous pleasure, is an unexpected bonus as well as a great honour."


The RSA presented the award with these kind words:

"Patrick Woodroffe RDI for his innovative and influential use of light to create inspiring public events, and for his development of energy saving lighting

Patrick Woodroffe has made a significant contribution to world culture using light as a medium. Over the last thirty-five years he has designed some of the most ground-breaking, innovative and influential visual experiences in the fields of public entertainment, architectural and environmental design.  He has created lighting for shows, films, events, structures and public spaces that have been experienced by millions of people across the world. His work ranges from the intense, dynamic and dramatic use of changing light to the inventive, subtle, and poetic use of the medium to create magic and illusion. The lighting designer and show director for the Rolling Stones for over thirty years, his portfolio is a model of sustained excellence in his field culminating in 2012, when he worked with Danny Boyle to create the lighting and media for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Projecting a positive image of British life, history, and culture, this production has been universally acclaimed as one of the greatest live visual experiences seen by one of the largest audiences worldwide. Recognised as one of the pioneers of entertainment lighting design, Woodroffe has also been highly influential in the field of lighting product having worked closely with manufacturers in both the UK and overseas to help develop and improve the operation and efficiency of many event lighting instruments."


For more information, please visit the RSA website.