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‘Lighting Days’ in Copenhagen

November 01 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
On November 16, Keith Bradshaw will be speaking at Lighting Days in Copenhagen, an event organised by The Danish Lighting Centre. The theme of the conference is 'Light and Atmosphere'. Keith has tapped into this theme with his talk entitled 'To be (seen) or not to be (seen)':

"Should good light be imperceptible? Designing light into the physical and conceptual fabric of space is not easy and demands a deep comprehension of the core values of the project and how best to translate these into light. Developing the most appropriate manner in which to deliver the light requires a broad range of skills, experience and charm! Using examples from our design and delivery process, this presentation will give insights into our approach and attempts to realise projects based on simple, core ideas unique to each project."

Iain at PLDC 2011, Madrid

October 12 2011 — by Iain Ruxton
Education | Events
Iain will be speaking at Professional Lighting Design Convention 2011 in Madrid, on the topic of "The Meaning of Light ". (Saturday 22nd October)

Arguing that light functions as language and that we need a new language to discuss light, I'll be roaming philosophical, theoretical and linguistic territory in search of ways to communicate with and about light.
I'm not often nervous about conference presentations, but this is pure intellectual exploration... pushing way out beyond projects, practice and technology. Anyone who is attending PLDC, please come along, help me out, and join the debate... I may regret saying this, but lighting journalists particularly welcome?

Keith to speak at SEGD European Tour

September 27 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Keith Bradshaw will be speaking at the London leg of the Society for Environmental Graphic Designer's (SEGD) European Tour.

Held at Somerset House on October 13th, Keith will be describing and explaining the works of Speirs + Major to the graphic design community. SEGD's representatives Alex Wood (principal at Holmes Wood, London) and David Gibson (managing director of Two Twelve, New York) will also be speaking to raise awareness of the discipline of environmental graphical design, as well as encouraging dialogue between themselves and local design communities.

Keith hopes this coming together of Speirs + Major and SEGD, along with the numerous other design firms represented by the attendees, will continue to build mutual respect and collaboration between the two disciplines.

Iain to deliver closing paper to LED Forum in Brazil

June 09 2011 — by Iain Ruxton
Education | Events
The Brazillian Association of Lighting Designers and Brazil's L+D Magazine are organising a two-day congress on LED lighting in architecture in Sao Paulo in August.

I'll be closing the conference with a paper referencing our experience and opinions on LEDs and LED luminaires, but will be getting away from the technical and doing some crystal-ball gazing. I'll be making some comparisons with the adoption of other game-changing technologies, from the internal combustion engine to the iPod.. and maybe even the good old Swann-Edison filament lamp...

Keith and Telli present to Figtree

May 13 2011 — by Telli Nourkeyhani
Education | Events
We are constantly trying to push the boundaries of our collaborations and to create dialogues with as many disciplines as possible. Keith and I were therefore very excited to have the opportunity to give a presentation to Figtree and talk about how light can help brands communicate in a more effective and memorable way.

There’s nothing better than sharing your passion for design with a welcoming and enthusiastic audience after being treated to a very delicious homemade lunch!

Mark Major to speak at International Lighting Journey, Mexico

May 05 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark Major has been invited to deliver a lecture as part of IES Mexico’s 13th International Lighting Journey, to be held from 1 – 3 June 2011 in Mexico City. The theme of the conference is ‘Beyond the lamp: Quality lighting for our environment’.

Mark will broaden this theme with his talk entitled ‘Light, People, Place’, which seeks to explore the changes artificial light has had on society, and will discuss moving away from ‘quantity’ in favour of ‘quality’ in order to create places for people after dark rather than simply filling space with light.

Keith Bradshaw gives talk at BIG

April 06 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
Keith recently gave a light-themed lecture for architects at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in Copenhagen. The talk is part of a series of monthly lectures called The BIG Picture, in which outsiders are invited to share their knowledge with the practice. Keith revealed some of the themes that motivate our work along with the process by which it happens – all for two beers and a BIG pink book. Speirs + Major have teamed up with BIG on several projects and are enjoying the process of working together.

Clementine Rodgers speaks to University of Westminster students

March 10 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Clementine Rodgers was invited to The University of Westminster on Wednesday 9th March to talk to the Interior Architecture BA second year students as part of their Design Economic module.

Clementine, who started out as an architecture student herself, spoke to the students about the route she took to move from architecutre into the specialist niche of lighting design. She gave them a general introduction to light – looking at daylight, sunlight and darkness as the fundamental education in light that can then be applied in lighting design – followed by an overview of the typical design process, from the initial client brief through to on-site completion, using the recently completed Jamie Oliver-run restaurant Barbecoa as the case study.
Barbecoa Restaurant
Barbecoa Restaurant

PLDC 2011

February 24 2011 — by Iain Ruxton
Education | Events
Satu and Iain will both be speaking at the Professional Lighting Design Convention 2011. The bi-annual event is to be held in Madrid in October and attracts over 1000 international delegates. Satu will be discussing masterplanning and strategies for urban lighting in a lecture entitled "Recasting the Night" and Iain will be exploring symbolism, signification and vocabulary of light in "The Meaning of Light – Towards an Illuminatory Semiotics".

Satu Streatfield to give talk in Lithuania

February 21 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Satu Streatfield has been invited by Gaudrè, a lighting manufacturer in Vilnius, Lithuania, to deliver a series of lectures on Friday 4th March to an audience of architects and interior designers. Her talks will predominantly focus on urban lighting and the way in which new technologies and sustainability criteria are impacting cities after dark. She will include an overview of some of Speirs + Major’s projects, including Durham Light and Darkness Strategy, Greenwich Peninsula Lighting Strategy and Sackler Crossing to illustrate her arguments, and also hopes to have some time to speak informally about her inspirations, the love she has for light and why she thinks everyone else should love light too!
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