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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 Jonathan to speak at Light Middle East

September 15 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Events
Jonathan Speirs and Mark Major will be keynote speakers at this year’s Light Middle East conference on October 31 2010.

Mark will present a paper – Light Master Planning in the post-Kyoto Age – with recent insights in the design of sustainable urban lighting.

Jonathan's paper will reveal the approach behind two of the region's landmark projects – the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi and the celebratory lighting of the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa.

See here for more information.

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.

Keith and Mark talk at LoveLight 7th October 2010

September 01 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
The second annual LoveLight event will be held in London at the Village Underground, Shoreditch. The energetic day programme of speakers will cover many aspects of Light. Keith will tallk about Light + Cities in the morning session, Mark will give the afternoon's key note speech on Light + Architecture.

Jonathan Speirs invited to judge 2010 Doolan Award for Architecture

August 30 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Events
Jonathan Speirs has been invited to be a judge of this year’s RIAS Doolan Award for Architecture. Awarded to the best new building in Scotland, the £25,000 cash prize is the largest award for architecture in the UK – worth more even than the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Jonathan Speirs at Royal College of Art book launch

August 27 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Events
Jonathan Speirs has been invited by the Royal College of Art to speak at the publication launch of Light Volumes, Dark Matters by Claudia Dutson on 29th September 2010.

The event run by the RCA and the Megaman Charity Trust Fund offers an opportunity to mix with 'your peers for drinks and debate', as well as a free signed copy of Claudia Dutson's book. The lighting seminar will debate issues raised in the book and features talks by Jonathan and designer Jane Withers. After the seminar you are invited to a private viewing of the RCA exhibition 'the lives of others'.

The organizers are warning of an 'overwhelming response' so register here as soon as possible to reserve a place.

Lectures in South Africa August 2010

August 07 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
Day one: lecture on the opening day of the 2010 Decorex show in Johannesburg. 'Conversations in Architecture' was a full day of presentations discussing the relationship between architecture, light and digital space. Next on to the University of Pretoria to discuss our approach to designing with light. New and emerging technologies were of particular interest to the mixed audience of student architects and engineers.
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Sunset over Johannesburg
Sunset over Johannesburg

New website for Speirs + Major

August 07 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Events
The nature of how the web is used and what we all expect from it has changed completely since we launched our last last website in 2004. Transparency and open access to information is now a necessity not a nice-to-have. For us, sharing our work, ideas and process is the best way to reveal what we do, how we think and what motivates our work with light.

Web designers Engage have done a great job in building the architecture of a website which fits the open and easy-to-use structure that we wanted. Their creative solutions have made the site easy to navigate enabling cross links around without getting lost. Graphically the styling and page layouts are beautifully simple and work well with the new Speirs + Major identity defined by Bibliothèque.


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New Speirs + Major identity and stationery

August 07 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Events
Changing a successful brand identity was a difficult but necessary change for us. The 'Speirs and Major Associates, Lighting Architects' identity has served us well for more than 10 years but we decided a new look would tell a more accurate story of the practice and the way our portfolio and thinking is developing. The three disciplines of our work shows the broad and wide-ranging interest we have in light. To express this as an identity was a challenge we set for Bibliothèque. The brief grew from a series of conversations with them about who we are and how wanted to express the qualities of light that we are interested in: light and dark, simplicity and a portfolio made of light.

Judge for yourself, we think it is terrific.

The tag line changes from 'Lighting Architects' to 'Designers working with light' which more accurately expresses the skills of the team and what we do.

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