2015/16 Winner Announced
“We are pleased to announce that the 2015/16 award has been made to Charlotte Eley, a Year 6 Architecture student completing her MArch at the University of Sheffield.
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.”
Each year we are impressed by the diversity and quality of the submissions, however we all agreed that Charlotte’s work is really special in being representative of a growing movement in the fields of architecture and lighting design, where priority is given to considering ways in which designers can help dramatically improve the lives of those who often do not have immediate access to well thought-through, practical and sustainable solutions. It was her social responsibility which shone through which we thought made her deserving of support and encouragement.
Once again, this award is only possible thanks to the incredible generosity of a number of companies and individuals. Our pledge was that we would make a minimum of one award each year until 2023. We would therefore once again like to appeal to companies, professional practices and individuals who knew Jonathan Speirs, or benefitted from his incredible insight into light and architecture, to support us further.”
As we prepare to award the 2016/17 Jonathan Speirs Scholarship, we look back at our previous scholars to see what they have been up to over the past year.
Last year’s scholar, Charlotte Eley, graduated from the University of Sheffield shortly after receiving her award, and, after a short summer internship with Speirs + Major in London, she found a full-time position at Hawkins Brown Architects in Manchester. She has already organised a CPD talk about the physics and psychology of lighting, and is keen to continue her research into the social aspects of lighting which she focused on during university.
Cashel Brown was awarded the scholarship in 2014/15. He has recently taken up a position at Lighting Design International and is looking forward to the new projects and challenges he will come across there. Cashel will be speaking at PLDC in November where he will present his research into lighting festivals and events that commenced with his university dissertation.
Our first scholar, Alex Stewart, is still busy juggling work at Bernheimer Architecture in New York with being a part-time faculty member at his alma mater, Parsons The New School for Design. He continues to work with and be inspired by light in both personal and professional projects.
We have been very fortunate in the talent and potential of our three outstanding scholars so far, and look forward to getting to know future scholarship winners and supporting them in their passion for light.
We are pleased to announce the next batch of student applications for our 2016/17 award have been received. The Trustees are looking forward to reviewing these over the next few weeks, speaking to the shortlisted candidates and selecting a well-deserved winner. Stay tuned!
A massive thank you goes out to Suzanne and Gilbert Mathews of Lucifer Lighting who have just donated US$15,000! Their generosity and continued support is hugely appreciated. Thank you!