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Paul Helms Design Consultants (ph|dc) is an international lighting design firm. Founding Partner, Paul Helms firmly believes that design is a nonlinear process that must be approached from all angles. This multifaceted collaborative approach ultimately creates powerful visual impact, exquisite attention to detail while establishing a signature look for each project.

With over 30 years of design experience on projects in 38 countries, ph|dc has consulted on a diverse body of work ranging from super high rise buildings to convention centers, hotels and entertainment venues, academic buildings, museums, hospitality projects, as well as, healthcare and transportation hubs.


  • Years in business: 30+
  • Office Locations:   Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas and Los Angeles
  • Publications: See Newsroom
  • Education:  Paul Helms (Founding Partner)  Stanford University (Honors)
  • Recognition: International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Design Excellence