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Mark Major to speak at SPARC, Australia

February 18 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark Major has accepted an invitation to be keynote speaker at SPARC International Lighting Event, Australia’s first major conference for the international lighting community, to be held in Sydney on June 6-8.

Mark’s talk, entitled ‘Light is for People’, will explore fundamental questions about electric light: its role, the benefits it brings and the consequences of using it – such as energy use, light pollution and adverse impacts on bio-diversity – and how the work of Speirs + Major not only embraces these ideas but also attempts to take the dialogue further through our work approach. Examples of this – from light masterplanning through to both large and small scale architectural projects – include the award winning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in London.

Mark will also showcase the new and exciting directions our practice has been taking in the world of branding and product development, which include working with the likes of Armani, Sony and the BBC, and how we are actively exploring new approaches, techniques and ways in which we can harness exciting, developing technologies to help meet our future needs.

Lightfair Conference 2011

February 11 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
Keith, Mark and Jonathan are keynote speakers at this year’s Lightfair conference held in Pennsylvania, USA. The subject of their talk, The Spirit of Light, will compare and contrast their use of light in two significant religious buildings, the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi and St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

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Details from St. Paul's Cathedral, London and the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi
Details from St. Paul's Cathedral, London and the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Jonathan Speirs lectures at Royal College of Art

December 14 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
This is Jonathan’s short lecture on light and darkness delivered at the Royal College of Art on 29th September 2010. The event was organized by the RCA in order to launch a new book by Claudia Dutson, Light Volumes, Dark Matters.

Satu Streatfield gives public lecture at National Sculpture Factory

November 23 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
Satu Streatfield has been invited by the National Sculpture Factory to give a public talk on the interface between light and art. The lecture will take place Thursday 25 November in Cork, Ireland.

Several Speirs + Major projects have involved lighting artworks and sculptures, from the colossal 4 logo of Channel 4 to Sam Holland's quiet memorial for the RNLI.

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Presentation hosted by StudioLR

November 15 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
It is always interesting to talk with other design disciplines, Keith will give a presentation to design agency StudioLR about light as a means of story telling and brand identity on November 19th.

Keith goes inside out in Istanbul

November 11 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
Keith appeared at the ALD Conference on architectural lighting in Instanbul recently, and delivered a lecture on the ‘inside-out’ nature of lighting design.

With buildings becoming more transparent and exterior schemes influenced by energy constraints, light from inside a building now has to be considered as a part of the main exterior composition. In his talk, Keith describes how light can be designed to serve both the interior and exterior of a building.

Keith gives lunchtime CPD presentation to dRMM

October 14 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
We are often invited to give CPD presentations to designers and architects. It was a pleasure to speak to dRMM about light as a means of story telling and brand identity.

Speirs + Major invited to closing talk at Boston Design 2010, 23rd September

September 17 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
Keith will give the keynote presentation at the Boston Design Center on 23rd September. The conference and show discusses global trends – Keith will talk about the practice's experience of working internationally and cultural sensitivities to light.

Mark and Iain to speak at The Building Centre London

September 09 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education | Events
Mark Major and Iain Ruxton will address an audience at the Building Centre in London on Wednesday 15 September. The morning seminar titled ‘Let there be LED’ will look out how this emerging light technologiy will impact the architecture and engineering of buildings in the future.

Satu to present a paper at Light in Alingsas, 24th September 2010

September 08 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
Satu will give an insight into the way Speirs + Major approach masterplanning and strategic light projects at the annual Lights in Alingsas conference on Friday 24 September. The conference programme is entitled 'Setting the Scene – Shaping the Night'. See here for more information.

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