About us

Designs 4people [d4p] is a lighting design practice established by Karolina in 2013.
It thrives to crest individual client-specific solutions for indoor and outdoor lighting.
d4p also advises cities on strategic urban lighting masterplan solutions.
Depending upon the size of the project, d4p either works independently or collectively with
other independent consultants who bring their valuable knowledge and expertise to any given project.

Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska, IALD, IES, MSLL, RIBA

Karolina completed her studies of Architecture and Urban Planning at Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Poland and Architectural Engineering at University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HAWK), Hildesheim/Holzminden/Goettingen Germany.

As a trained architect, she pursued a career in lighting by working for several world-renowned lighting design firms in Berlin, London, New York, and Zürich. She has 15+ years of international experience in the completion of medium and large scale interior and exterior design projects and in project management for clients from corporate, institutional, retail, hospitality, and transportation sectors.

In 2013 she obtained her Ph.D. from Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, where she translated her practice-based knowledge in architectural lighting into theoretical guidelines for architects, for which she was recognized with the 2014 Polish Prime Minister's Research Award. In 2015 she was awarded the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Award 2015 in the category "Research" for her work and research on the non-visual effects of light for humans, flora and fauna.

She has participated in a number of international conferences, and has written articles for national and international publications. She is also a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

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