Huge thanks go to Knight Architects who have recently signed up as Sponsors of the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund. All the support from our Friends is much appreciated and goes towards funding brilliant students of architecture to pursue their passion for lighting.
We are excited to reveal the 2015/16 award has been made to Charlotte Eley, a Year 6 Architecture student completing her MArch at the University of Sheffield.
Chairman John Roake, who presented the medal to Charlotte, commented: “We were impressed by the maturity and sensitivity of Charlotte’s application, which conveyed her passion for the potential for light and architecture to tackle large social issues such as inclusivity, crime prevention and community cohesion.”
As Charlotte explains: “I believe good lighting design should be accessible to all, being designed and provided for all members of society, from school children to the homeless. Each of my architecture projects at university has tackled different issues of lighting, including crime prevention and inclusion, the tyranny of commercial supermarket lighting and the role of lighting in creating spiritual environments at the end of life.”
After graduation, she is hoping to turn her theoretical university studies to real life situations whereby good design is made available to all walks of life.
As we get closer to announcing the winner of the 2015/16 Scholarship, we take a look back at our two previous scholars and what they have been up to since they were awarded the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship.
Our first Scholar, Alex Stewart, has graduated with honours from Parsons School of Design and has begun working with the award-winning Brooklyn-based firm Bernheimer Architecture. At Bernheimer, he has assisted on the design and development of two affordable housing projects within the five boroughs of New York, and is currently overseeing the construction of a high-end residential building in the West Village district. This past fall he took a position as adjunct faculty at Parsons, teaching in the Masters of Architecture program, while in December, his studio project from the previous fall with his colleague, Kristen Garibaldi, was selected by the Architect’s Newspaper as the Student Project of the Year.
Alex comments: “Working with light is paramount to the designs I’m developing with Bernheimer, and in my own, personal projects. Though we are an architecture firm in practice, we consider light to be a free building material, one that through formal manipulation produces more intimate and democratic space, no matter the client and budget.”
Last year’s Scholar, Cashel Brown, graduated in October 2015 from Edinburgh Napier University last year after completing his dissertation on the topic of lighting festivals and their role in urban design. He has since moved to London and is now working as a lighting designer at Nulty+. Cashel is currently working on his submission for SLL’s Young Lighter of the Year and will be speaking at their annual Jonathan Speirs Memorial Lecture later in the year. He has also been included on Lighting Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list of emerging talent within the lighting design profession.
He comments: “Working with Nulty+ has been a steep learning curve, as I take what I learned during the course of the MA Lighting Design programme and apply it to real projects with real budgets. The diverse range of projects within the office has taught me a lot about the multi-faceted nature of the lighting design profession. Much of this is with thanks to the Scholarship, as it provided me with a platform to develop these skills, alongside creating conversation with those in the profession.”
Once again we would like to extend our gratitude to our accountants Haines Watts Creative who have helped us with preparing our annual return – many thanks for your continued support.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Gilbert and Suzanne Mathews of Lucifer Lighting, who have just donated an additional $10,000 towards the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund. This donation is on top of their already generous Benefactor contribution. Thank you very much!
We are very pleased to have raised £600 last night at the WIN Awards. Raffle tickets were sold at the event at Fenchurch Street’s Sky Garden by Trustees John Roake and Mark Major, with the draw to win the prize of a Foscarini Birdie Metal Lamp taking place later that evening. Thanks goes to all who supported us by buying a raffle ticket, to Foscarini for donating the fantastic prize and to the organisers of the WIN Awards, who continue to support the JSSF.
Italian lighting design company Foscarini have generously donated two Birdie Metal lamps in order to raise funds for the scholarship. Carlo Urbinati, President of Foscarini, commented: “Foscarini is an innovative and passionate Italian decorative lighting design company. It is a pleasure for us to support the fundraising for Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund by donating the table lamp Birdie Metal, designed for Foscarini by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. The Birdie lamp reinterprets the classic lampshade in a contemporary way. Its design is a passe-partout, able to integrate into a range of spaces. I am therefore sure that who is lucky enough to win it will easily enjoy its friendly appeal.”
To be entered into the draw to win, please make a minimum donation of £10 to our Virgin Money Giving page.
The winner of the lamps will be announced at the WIN Awards on 2nd December. We are very grateful both to Foscarini for their generosity in donating these beautiful and elegant lamps and World Interior News who continue to support the JSSF in many various ways.
Our sincere thanks goes out to accountants Haines Watt Creative, who have offered to complete our end of year accounts on a pro bono basis. Their support and assistance is greatly appreciated!
We would like to say a very big thank you to Lightology, who have very generously given a one-off donation of US$10,000 to the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund, on top of their existing Benefactor commitment.
The Trustees of the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund are pleased to announce that its 2014/15 award has been made to Cashel Brown, a post-graduate student of Lighting Design at Edinburgh Napier University.
Chairman of the JSSF John Roake spoke on behalf of the Trustees of the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund: “We are delighted to have made this second award. Whilst the selection process was every bit as demanding as our inaugural award in 2013/14, it was a unanimous decision to offer a scholarship to Cashel Brown. As a graduate architect who is now engaged in a postgraduate course in lighting design, Cashel absolutely represents the quality and type of student this award was originally aimed at. We have no doubt that the financial support will help him immensely as he makes his way in his chosen profession as a Lighting Designer.”