Dominic qualified as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, where he was awarded a Distinction for his work in interactive design in architecture.
His interest in integrating technology and interaction within architecture has been evident through much of his professional work, and now forms the basis of the design studio he formed several years ago. Dominic Harris has a fascination with lighting and electronics, which is evident in the highly innovative lighting schemes that he brings to each of his projects.
His strong architectural experiences comes from years of being an architect for top design-led London firms Future Systems (Lords Media Centre, Selfridges & Co Birmingham, and New Look Flagship store on Oxford Street) and Softroom (Virgin Atlantic Upper Class lounge at Heathrow).
Under Cinimod Studio, Dominic was named “Breakthrough Talent of the Year” at the design industry’s FX Design Awards in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the FX Design Award “Best Bar or Restaurant Design” for his work on Snog, and in 2010 won the Lighting Design Award for ‘Best Hotel or Restaurant Lighting Scheme’.
Design Week has also written about Harris, saying
“Putting everyday technology at the heart of bespoke lighting installations may be a simple idea, but it’s led to high-profile projects across the globe for designer Dominic Harris. […] He’s part of a coterie of London designers working at the cusp of interactive and lighting technologies.”
The exposure afforded by the press has greatly helped raise the profile of not only Cinimod Studio, but also of the lighting industry as a whole. This attention to the lighting industry is important to Harris, who already devotes a large amount of energy to educating and exciting others to the potential of what can be achieved in lighting. This includes making regular lectures to design students at universities, to fellow designers at professional events, CPD lectures on lighting design to architects, and writing articles for various media publications.