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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’.


“We live in extraordinary times, with today’s crisis providing a pivotal point and generating a potential step change in how we will continue to live our lives. The future, or ‘new normal’ as it’s being called, is certainly going to be tremendously different in so many ways.

There is a new generation of students who have a burning ambition to succeed, not just in traditional careers, but in those which they can approach with a greater social conscience. One of the most satisfying aspects of the JSSF has been how we as a Board of Trustees view, reflect and discuss the breadth of creative and innovative ideas from each candidate’s submissions for our scholarships, and how we can try in a small way to positively encourage this new talent.

This year we received an exceptional and diverse range of candidates from which we are delighted to announce the recipients of two JSSF scholarship as Stella Destephanis Murray from Penn State University and Krina Chistopolou from The Barlett, UCL. Both made outstanding submissions which concisely and clearly expressed their phenomenal passion and drive to use light as a major part of their ongoing studies, as well as their intended future careers.

Competition was delightfully fierce this year, so much so that the Board also agreed that two further candidates in Sydney Nguyen and Meryem Ozmen also merited our support by way of a commendation and a bursary.

It is with great pleasure that we are able to reward so many exceptionally talented candidates, and provide some additional support.

Studying is going to be challenging for the foreseeable future; students will face greater financial difficulties in finding work to support their studies. The Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund will continue to help tomorrow’s potential lighting designers through this next difficult period. Jonathan himself would have absolutely encouraged this.

As always, we would like to thank our group of benefactors, sponsors, contributors and supporters for their continued generosity, which allow us the privilege of providing these well-deserved bursaries.”

John Roake / Chairman / May 2020