Jonathan Speirs was trained as an architect and developed a passion for working with light from early in his career as an architect. He co-founded Lighting Design Partnership in 1984, leaving eight years later to form Jonathan Speirs and Associates in Edinburgh. The following year he formed a working association with Mark Major which developed into Speirs + Major.
Jonathan worked on a diverse range of projects all around the world garnering a host of international honours, including the Lighting Dimensions International Architectural Lighting Designer of the Year Award in 1997. During his career, he worked on four Royal Institute of British Architects Building of the Year Stirling-prize winning projects; Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, 30 St Mary Axe, London and Barajas Airport, Madrid, which also won the International Association of Lighting Designer’s Radiance Award in 2008.
Jonathan retired from Speirs + Major in 2010 after which time he was honoured with Royal Incorporation of Architect’s Scotland’s Gold Medal and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Heriot Watt. He also received the Professional Lighting Designers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.