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PLDA honours Jonathan with Life Achievement Award

November 01 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards
We’re delighted to report that Jonathan Speirs has been awarded the PLDA Life Achievement Award, the association’s highest honour within lighting design.
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Heriot-Watt awards Jonathan Speirs honorary doctorate

August 22 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards | Events
Jonathan Speirs has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Heriot-Watt University in recognition of his contribution to architecture and outstanding achievements in the field of architectural lighting design.
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Jonathan Speirs (2nd from left) receiving an honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University.
Jonathan Speirs (2nd from left) receiving an honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University.

Infinity Bridge received Outstanding Achievement Award

July 29 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Awards
The Infinity Bridge has received an Outstanding Achievement award at this year's AL Light and Architecture Design Awards.
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Image / James Newton
Image / James Newton

Mark judges WAN Awards

July 20 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Awards
Mark Major was recently asked to help judge the Lighting section of the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards. Along with Florence Lam, Director of Arup, Jane Pavitt, Head of History of Design Department at the Royal College of Art, Tord Boontje, Professor and Head of Design Products at the Royal College of Art, Martyn Roberts, Business Development Manager at OSRAM and David Atkinson, Creative Director of DALD, he narrowed a very talented list down to one winner in both the Product and Project categories. You can view all the shortlisted entries and eventual winners at the WAN Awards website.

Jonathan Speirs made honorary member of IALD

May 30 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards
Jonathan Speirs has been made an honorary member of the International Association of Lighting Designers. The honour, announced during the association's evening awards ceremony held in Philadelphia, USA, was granted in recognition of Jonathan's outstanding commitment to the lighting design profession over several years.

The US-based association has previously conferred honours on several Speirs + Major projects. In 2008, Speirs + Major began a lucky hat-trick winning the association's top Radiance Award three years in a row for Barajas International Airport (2008), 3 More London (2009) and the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi (2010).
Jonathan accepting honorary membership to the IALD
Jonathan accepting honorary membership to the IALD

Speirs + Major wins Scottish Design Award

May 20 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards
Speirs + Major has won a Scottish Design Award for its lighting of the historical furnaces of Sands Bethworks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Awards, held since 1998, celebrate the best achievements in Scottish architecture and graphic design.
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Speirs + Major nominated at Scottish Design Awards 2011

April 05 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards
Speirs + Major are in the running for a Scottish Design Award this year having been nominated for two recent projects, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and the magnificent steel mills of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Awards, held every year since 1998, celebrate the best achievements in Scottish architecture and graphic design. The winners this year will be announced at an event held on the 19th of May at the Thistle Hotel Glasgow.

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Detail of chandelier at Usher Hall, Edinburgh / Photo: James Newton
Detail of chandelier at Usher Hall, Edinburgh / Photo: James Newton

Infinity Bridge wins FX Design Award 2010, Best Lighting Design

December 01 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards
Speirs + Major has won a 2010 FX Design Award for its illumination of Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees. The awards, organized by FX Magazine, have become an annual showcase for the best in international design.

The bridge, whose lit arches reflect in the water to form an eponymous infinity symbol, has already won its creators a number of prizes, including the Supreme Award for Structural Excellence in 2009, and the IALD Award of Excellence for lighting in 2010.
Infinity Bridge, winner of an FX Design Award for lighting. Image: James Newton
Infinity Bridge, winner of an FX Design Award for lighting. Image: James Newton

Speirs + Major shortlisted for Lighting Design Awards 2011

November 18 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards
We’re pleased to announce that two schemes by Speirs + Major – Devonshire Square in London and Stockton’s Infinity Bridge – have been shortlisted for the 2011 Lighting Design Awards. The final winners will be announced at the event held on 10 March, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Devonshire Square, London. Image: James Newton
Devonshire Square, London. Image: James Newton

Jonathan Speirs receives RIAS Lifetime Achievement Award

October 09 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Awards
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has presented Jonathan Speirs with its Lifetime Achievement Award - the highest accolade within Scottish architecture. The event took place at a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 5 October, where Jonathan had been invited to receive a Fellowship of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Quite unexpectedly, it was also announced that Jonathan would receive the RIAS’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his long career during which he has promoted the highest standards of professional excellence in architecture and light and acted as an ambassador for Scottish design and architecture throughout the world.
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