An Interview with Zerlina Hughes


Zerlina Hughes

UK // Studio ZNA
Lives in:
Hackney, London
Born in:
Helensburgh, Scotland
BA Hons Goldsmith's College, Msc Light and Lighting, Bartlett UCL
Started working with light in:
1991 in fringe theatre
Offices worked at:
Freelance working with various theatre, opera and dance companies and with architects
Now works at:
Studio ZNA
Professional membership:
Has been awarded:
  • Best Lighting Design Winner 2003 Swedish Society Lighting

  • Darc Award 2018 Shortlisted for Best Interior Lighting, Avalon Wellness Centre Broughton Hall

  • Codega International Awards 2018 recognition of Lighting Design Excellence shortlist, G33, British Museum London and Al Thani Collection, Palazzo Ducale, Venice

  • Lux Life Awards International 2018 Winner, Best for Culture, Lighting Design, London

  • Civic Trust Award Winners 2018, Command of the Oceans, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Architects Baynes and Mitchell

  • Darc Awards 2017 Shortlisted for New Design Museum, Permanent Collections Gallery

  • Stirling Prize 2017 Shortlist, Command of the Oceans, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Architects Baynes and Mitchell

  • Lighting Design Awards 2017 Shortlist for Daylight Project of the Year with architects Coffey Architects FX Design Wards 2012, best Lighting Design runner up Shakespeare, British Museum

  • Lighting in a Historic Building Award 2007 for The Vault permanent gems collection at the Natural History Museum

  • D&AD award 2006 for Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour at the V&A
Movement of light, art, sculpture, Southern Italy for the above and wine and food!

“Lighting is a brilliant marriage of the scientific and the creative which I think we are fantastically attuned to.”

Some of Zerlina’s works:

The Feeling of Going Skanes Dance TheatreHM AvalonHM AvalonBritish Museum, Gallery 33

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