Speirs + Major win IALD Radiance Award for third consecutive year

May 14 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
For the third year running, Speirs + Major has been awarded the profession’s top award for lighting design. During an amazing night in Las Vegas, Speirs + Major achieved the seemingly impossible by winning the IALD Radiance Award for the third year running in an international field. The award was granted in recognition of the exterior lighting of the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi.

For Speirs + Major it marks the latest in a succession of wins. In 2008 Speirs + Major first won the Radiance prize for their work on the Richard Rogers-designed Barajas International Airport. In 2009, we returned to win the prize again, this time in recognition of our work on the Foster and Partners-designed 3 More London.
The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, winner of the Radiance Award 2010. Photo: Allan Toft
The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, winner of the Radiance Award 2010. Photo: Allan Toft
It proved to be a busy night for the designers, who besides winning the main Radiance Award, also picked up two further awards. An Award of Excellence was given for the lighting of the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees as well as for the exterior illumination of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan, Al Nahyan Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE. An Award of Merit was given for the Sands Bethworks Resort, Bethlehem, USA.

Directors Jonathan Speirs and Keith Bradshaw said: "We are very humbled to receive this award, and grateful to all our collaborators, especially our client who provided us with this extraordinary opportunity. The Grand Mosque was an enormous effort, a true labour of love, and we would like to thank the many people in our studio who have spent years working on this project with such attention to detail. Their dedication to the project is evident, and to that we’re very grateful.”