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Iain speaks at Surface Design Show

February 12 2015 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Iain will be speaking today at Light School, part of the Surface Design Show in Islington.
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Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund announces 2014 winner

January 20 2015 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education
The Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund has announced its 2014 winner as Cashel Brown, a post-graduate student of Lighting Design at Edinburgh Napier University.
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Cashel Brown with his medal.
Cashel Brown with his medal.

Designers take part in Thorn Lighting Exterior Lighting Workshop

November 18 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Designers from both Speirs + Major studios were joined by 2no designers from Atkins Global to attend an exterior lighting workshop on Monday evening with Thorn Lighting. Participants were invited to Little Hallingbury Mill near Bishops Stortford to devise a lighting response to the Water Mill and its surrounding context. The group was split into two teams and left to negotiate over site position and lighting equipment.

The opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with the lighting fixtures in a rural setting provided a dark environment to test each fixture and understand the possible lit affects. Whilst one team developed an ambient approach to the mill façade and riverbank, enhancing the impact of the scheme through reflection, the other focused on structural elements lighting a ‘bridge to nowhere’.
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Lee leads design sessions at Greenwich University Technical College

November 17 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education
Senior Designer Lee Sweetman will be leading design sessions at Greenwich University Technical College over the next few months.
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Matt speaks at YLP Lighting Slam

October 27 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Matt was a part of the YLP Lighting Slam last Wednesday 22nd October.
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Hiro to speak at Strategies in Light Europe

October 13 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Hiro will be speaking at this year's Strategies in Light Europe event.
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Ewan assists with UAL installation artwork

October 03 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education
Ewan has assisted with an installation artwork produced by the UAL's Theatre Design and Practice course.
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Old, New, Dark, Blue - The Art of Lighting of Footbridges

July 17 2014 — by Mark Major
Education | Inspiration
Like the design and engineering of bridges, lighting design is both an art and a science; it aims to provide a creative solution to what is often perceived as a technical problem. In so far that any footbridge needs the application of artificial light during the hours of darkness, its illumination must be carefully considered. This is not only to meet the requirements for safety, security and accessibility but also to ensure that its form is properly revealed. There are also the considerations of the impact that any lighting equipment may have on the appearance of the bridge by day, access for maintenance, potential environmental impacts such as light pollution, capital and running costs – the list goes on. A successful lighting scheme might therefore be seen as one that successfully balances a number of design constraints to achieve an optimum solution. At the same time it is often the case that the very best designs also possess a little bit of ‘magic’ that help elevate the project to become a special experience - not only for the people using the bridge but also those viewing it from afar. This article briefly looks at the background, approach and key design criteria that are required to be considered when illuminating footbridges. It also touches on the way that changes in technology are allowing much greater integration of the lighting into the design of footbridges as long as provision is made for the light early within the design process. Finally it looked at some examples of how lighting has been applied through four cases studies – old, new, dark and blue.
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Mark’s TEDxSydney talk released on YouTube

June 13 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
We are excited to share Mark's TEDxSydney talk in full, as released this week on YouTube.
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Mark to give lecture at McGill University

March 13 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark will be speaking at McGill University's School of Architecture lecture series on 24th March.
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