Jonathan Speirs – 'Light: Dark: Creativity'
Mackintosh School of Architecture

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Architecture Friday Lecture


Mackintosh Lecture Theatre


8 Oct 2010
14:30 - 15:30



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Jonathan Speirs – 'Light: Dark: Creativity'

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Jonathan Speirs, Speirs Major Associates
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Jonathan Speirs was born in Scotland in 1958. He trained as an architect and developed a passion for working with light from early on in his career. He has lectured widely on lighting design around the world and is actively involved in lighting education. He is the co-creator of "Made of Light - the Art of Light and Architecture", an educational project about light. He is also a Corporate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the European Association of Lighting Designers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting.

Jonathan has worked on a diverse range of projects all around the world from architectural lighting to urban master-planning and light art. His work has been honoured with a number of international and national lighting awards including the Lighting Dimensions International Architectural Lighting Designer of the Year Award in 1997. He has also worked on four RIBA Building of the Year Stirling-prize winning projects; Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, 30 St Mary Axe, London and Barajas Airport, Madrid.

Jonathan co-founded Lighting Design Partnership in 1984, leaving in June 1992 to form Jonathan Speirs and Associates in Edinburgh. The following year he formed a working association with Mark Major which developed into Speirs + Major.

Speirs + Major is a UK-based design practice that uses light to enhance the experience of the visual environment. Our work is wide-ranging in terms of type and scale and encompasses architecture, strategy and innovative product design. The practice has been credited with helping to raise awareness of the lighting design profession globally. It employs people drawn from a mix of disciplines including architecture, art, interior design, lighting, graphic design and theatre. The practice's offices are based in London and Edinburgh, UK.

Hosted by The Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Architecture Friday Lecture Series looks beyond buildings and makes connections between architecture and wider issues like culture and the urban environment.