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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!

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.
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