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’.


“This year the other Trustees of the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund and I wanted to broaden our ability to assist potential scholars. We are therefore very pleased to announce that with the additional generous support we have received from our Benefactors, Sponsors and Contributors, we were able to once again award two scholarships for the 2017/18 Academic Year.

We were delighted and impressed by the exceptionally high standard of nominations that were received from the many schools of architecture who contacted us. A broad range of students, all at different stages of their courses, applied. All had an amazingly wide range of interests and experiences. We were also encouraged to see that candidates were being nominated not only by schools that have contacted us before but also from a wider geographical spread.

There were some particularly glowing reports from the tutors that accompanied the submissions this year which made shortlisting the candidates all the more interesting. Despite the extremely strong competition we are happy to choose one worthy student from Queen’s University Belfast: Katie Corr and another from the University of Michigan: Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer. Whilst they come from different approaches, both scholars have that ‘special something’ we are always looking to find in the way they expressed their passion for light and architecture coupled with a clear financial need.

We therefore heartily congratulate Katie and Azadeh and their respective institutions on being awarded the JSSF scholarships this year and look forward to following their future development and career progress.”

John Roake / Chairman / May 2018