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Memorial lecture to celebrate lighting legend Jonathan Speirs

Jonathan Speirs (1958–2012) is widely acknowledged by architects, lighting designers, building services engineers and many others as one of the world’s finest lighting designers.

To celebrate his vision and passion for lighting, the inaugural Jonathan Speirs Memorial Lecture, entitled ‘Light + Dark = Architecture,’ will be given by his long term creative partner, Mark Major, fellow founder of Speirs + Major.

Date: 25th September 2014
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Glasgow City Chambers, Satinwood Suite

Mark will describe their shared passion and interest in the relationship between light, dark and architecture and the shared philosophy behind some of Speirs + Major’s early work. He will conclude with an account of the projects carried out since Jonathan’s retirement from Speirs + Major, which they co-founded, demonstrating the continued quality, innovation and passion delivered by the practice.

The theme of the lecture will be ‘Light + Dark = Architecture’

In recognition of Jonathan Speirs’ contribution to Lighting Design and the built environment, Glasgow City Council has most generously offered the use of the Satinwood Suite, situated in Glasgow City Chambers, for this lecture. The intention is for it to be an ongoing event, seeking to promote lighting design in Scotland, building on Jonathan’s considerable legacy.

About the event

The Jonathan Speirs Memorial Lecture will take place on the evening of 25th September 2014, from 6:30pm in the Satinwood Suite, at Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. For more information and to book, visit

This lecture offers a wonderful opportunity to see a high quality visual presentation given by one of the world’s foremost lighting designers, Mark Major. It will hold great appeal to all those interested in lighting and architecture, including architects, interior designers, landscape architects, lighting designers, light artists, building service engineers, lighting and control manufacturers and academics, anyone who is interested in the art of lighting.

About Jonathan Speirs

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During his career, Jonathan’s work received international acknowledgement and acclaim. In 2009, Jonathan was given Honorary Fellowship of the Society of Light and Lighting and gave the Society’s centenary lecture. He was also awarded the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 he was awarded Honorary Membership of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and Professional Lighting Designers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jonathan’s work with the practice included the lighting of iconic landmarks such as The Gherkin in London, the Copenhagen Opera House, the Eden Project and the Burj al Arab, Dubai, amongst many breathtaking examples. Prior to Jonathan’s retirement, Speirs + Major also received three ‘Radiance Awards’, the highest honour given by the IALD.

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