The Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund is a UK registered charity that provides support to students of architecture who wish to enter the architectural lighting design profession.

It has been set up at the behest of the late Jonathan Speirs to allow ‘A Student of Architecture to investigate the study of Architectural Lighting Design’.


“The Trustees of the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund have always looked to find potential in students to successfully transition into the broad field of lighting design. We are therefore always delighted when architecture schools choose to submit candidates at very different stages in their courses. With the generosity of our benefactors, sponsors and contributors we are then able to help these scholars on their way forward.

This year presented another excellent shortlist culminating in the selection of two outstanding scholars with completely different approaches. Both with a clear understanding of light as not just a medium by which to visualise, but also using it as a tool to enhance the experience of the viewer. Both scholars presented projects that have a social element we enjoyed discussing. Merethe presented a project that uses virtual reality to tell a story from the remains of a whale which becomes the centrepiece of a Museum in Milazzo, Sicily. She plans to complete the project in reality for others to experience.

Apoorva’s approach is about well-being and the benefits of careful lighting design in creating a healthier environment. She is planning to use her research in a Living & Learning centre which helps autistic children. Both are worthy and responsible projects which we are happy to encourage with the aid of the Scholarship.

Our aim has always been to find, support and encourage young talent. We feel that the two scholars we have selected this year match the vision of the scholarship. We look forward to seeing how they both progress and develop.”

John Roake / Chairman / June 2019