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Blackpool Comedy Carpet

October 10 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events
A 'comedy carpet' is being unveiled in Blackpool, as part of LDA Design's Tower Festival Headland which Speirs + Major are developing a lighting scheme for. The carpet - made of granite and concrete - has been designed by artist Gordon Young and features quotes and catchphrases from over 1000 comedians. For more information and images of the carpet, visit the BBC website.
The Comedy Carpet by artist Gordon Young, part of Blackpool's promenade
The Comedy Carpet by artist Gordon Young, part of Blackpool's promenade

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.

Mark in the Park

September 19 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events
The weekend of 11 - 12 September saw 50+ people converge on Mark’s house in deepest, darkest Norfolk to fill the quiet country air with the banter of competitive sports, the crackle of fires in barrels and the clinking of wine bottles for 24 hours.

The Edinburgh office and their families were up at the crack of dawn on the 11th in order to catch their flight to Norwich. Once they found their way through the narrow, tree-lined lanes to Mark’s ‘rural idyll’ they set up their tents and got to work on assembling the croquet and starting into the 72 pints of ‘Wherry'. The majority of the London office arrived mid-afternoon, after some commendable driving by Philip and shadowing by Benz, and despite some confusion over (missing) directions.

After some speedy tent erecting (though it was noted that Mark’s tent ended up alone in the middle of the field) there was much hand shaking and imbibing. Some braved the zip line, trampoline and bouncy castle whilst others devised ways to lose their kids in the crèche for the rest of the afternoon.
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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.

Twin Sails Bridge Lifted into Position

July 20 2011 — by Carrie Donahue Bremner
Events
The installation of the lifting leaves of the Twin Sails Bridge in Poole has taken place this week. The structure has been craned out to a barge and then floated into place.

The project which commenced in 2003 with Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Giffords is due to open in early 2012. Further information can be found on the BBC and the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

Wallpaper* Exhibition of Emerging Practices - ‘20 Houses’

June 10 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions | Events
Speirs + Major have worked with Wallpaper* on an exhibition of new emerging architectural practices. The models on display are surrounded by light based on the locations of the projects on display. The exhibition and will run from June 9th 2011 at The Architecture Foundation, 136–148 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU.

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The exhibition completed
The exhibition completed

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.

Jonathan Speirs invited to chair RIBA Wales awards jury

April 19 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Events
Jonathan Speirs has been invited by the RIBA to act as Jury Chair for the region of Wales in this year’s awards programme.

Awarded annually since 1966, the RIBA Awards are given for buildings that attain high architectural standards and make a significant contribution to the local environment.
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