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A Celebration of 2012

December 21 2012 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
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Take a look back with us at the year that was...

2012 has been a momentous year for Speirs + Major. Despite continuing global economic turbulence we have experienced growth and increasing workload.

Our Work…

Our international profile has developed further with a diverse selection of project types spanning North America, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Middle East alongside new projects in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. Our Architecture + Environment teams finished commissions including the new Twin Sails Bridge, Poole, the University of the Arts and Granary Square at King’s Cross, London, Pannonhalma Monastery in Hungary, Hedonism Wines, London and Burlington Arcade, London.

The Strategic + Branding teams developed a creative lighting vision for the Miami Design District and a new masterplan for Bath city centre. We were appointed by Design for London and the GLA to join their Special Assistance Panel. We saw continuing success with our branding and identity work with new commissions for Nokia, Hyundai, Burberry and Tesco.

Our Product + Innovation team launched Aeroblades, our second fully industrialised street light in April. Designed for CREE, it has been shortlisted for an FX Award and won at the Lux Live Awards 2012.

Our Olympic Work…
We are proud to have played several key roles in the most successful Games of the modern era. We developed the public realm lighting for the Olympic Athlete’s Village and acted as Lighting Design Advisors to the ODA providing an overview for the final development of all the public lighting. We also developed a series of ideas for the lighting overlay, many of which were adopted for temporary structures.

We carried out a number of smaller lighting interventions bringing life to the Olympic Park. These included lighting for the Truce Wall, brand lighting for the Bow West Concrete Plant at the VIP entrance, and the lighting of a waterfall in collaboration with Canadian artist Peter Lewis.

Our Team…
Our team has continued to grow and we are delighted to have been joined this year by Tom Hartshorne, Alex Cotterell, Zybnek Soukup and Daniel Harvey. You can get to know the various members on our People page.

Our Awards…
2012 has seen us win further awards, most notably the recognition of our peers through being named ‘Practice of the Decade’ at the Lighting Design Awards. In October we won an International Dark Skies Award for our contribution to reducing light pollution through our work on London’s Olympic Park. In November, Mark and Jonathan were announced Royal Designers for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts. Liz Speirs collected Jon's award which was given posthumously.

Our Education…
We contributed through many talks at both professional conferences and schools of design. Keith spoke at the Boston Expo and Mark lectured at Noche Zero in Chile, the first international conference on darkness. Mark, Satu and Kerem participated in the LSE Cities Urban Age conference ‘Electric City’. Iain, Clementine, Telli, Carrie and Philip also delivered many talks during the year. We provided articles to various journals including the Architectural Review, Design Bureau and Lighting.

Our friend Jonathan…
2012 will be remembered for the loss of our dear friend Jonathan Speirs. We would like to thank everyone for their tributes, messages of support and their attendance at memorial services in Edinburgh and more recently in London. Our website carries a personal tribute from Mark and presentation of Jon's most memorable projects. The massive contribution that Jonathan made to the development of Speirs + Major will never be forgotten and we will always hold him in our thoughts.

Following Jonathan’s death a group of friends set up the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund in honour of his life and work. Details of the fund, its aims and objectives can be found here.

Our 2013…
2013 holds similar promise with many exciting projects destined to complete including our competition-winning scheme for Utrecht’s Dom Tower, Cathedral and Square that will be switched on by the Queen of the Netherlands as a celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht on April 11th. Other projects that will complete will include the New Student Centre at Oxford Brookes University, Shenzhen Bo’an Airport, and the EUR Congressi in Rome.