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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.

Keith to speak at the ALD conference in Instanbul 25th October 2010

August 03 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
Keith is one of a series of international speakers talking at the biannual ALD Conference on Architectural Lighting held in Instanbul. He will talk about the interplay between interior and exterior light composition when creating architectural lighting proposals. The day will finish with an informal Pecha Kucha event

Moss Your City

June 18 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
Completions | Events
Speirs + Major have just helped out Norwegian architects PUSHAK with "Moss Your City" - an installation for the London Festival of Architecture.

PUSHAK have invaded the Architecture Foundation with a series of "green walls" - clad completely in living moss. The result is an amazing interior forest, engaging the senses of smell and touch as well as vision. By adding carefully programmed dynamic lighting, we've made the space even more enchanting and mysterious.


New Trends in Architectural Lighting, Istanbul, 28th May 2010

May 31 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
Education | Events
Under the title "Light Beyond Architecture", I spoke about lighting strategy and masterplanning: the importance of big picture views of urban lighting, the opportunities, a taste of process and some observations on the fundamental differences between working with an existing city like Newcastle, Durham or Cambridge, and a brand new not-yet-existing development like some of our Middle East projects.

With this slide in the background, I look as though I'm trying to sell something...

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