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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’.


“When we announced the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship last year, little did we know of what lay ahead.

We suspected it was going to be an extremely difficult time for students to study, particularly in the creative industries, but we hoped that with online conferencing that some manner of tutoring would be available. Despite the very best efforts of the Universities all this year’s submissions spoke of the extreme difficulties experienced both with remote studying and finances.

It is therefore with the greatest pleasure that despite this, the resilience and fortitude of the students who made this year’s submissions has resulted in two fantastic new scholars to add to our growing list.

Each year, my fellow trustees and I debate the merits of the numerous presentations we receive. So it is always a proud moment when we are able to contact the winning scholars to tell them of their success.

This year the pleasure fell to me to speak to two totally different and talented students:

  • Laura Carcano from the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the London Metropolitan University showed a clear understanding of both natural and artificial light through her vision of using the medium in many different ways.
  • Lawrence Lynch from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University exploits the poetic relationship between light and architecture, beautiful visualised through a series of models and renders.

We congratulate them both on becoming part of the JSSF family and trust that their scholarships will help them to finish their studies and go on to develop further as both architects and lighting designers.

I conclude with a ‘thank you’ to all our supporters: In a year which has been so hard in all sectors of business, to have the financial backing of our generous sponsors has shown us the true meaning of charity. Jonathan would have been proud!”

John Roake / Chairman / May 2021