Jonathan Speirs Wins Fifth Ever RIAS Lifetime Achievement Award

Jonathan Speirs Wins Fifth Ever RIAS Lifetime Achievement Award

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has presented the internationally renowned lighting designer, Jonathan Speirs, of Edinburgh and London-based, Speirs and Major, with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest accolade within Scottish architecture and the greatest honour the Incorporation bestows.

The award was presented at a Parliamentary reception at Holyrood, hosted by Rt Hon Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alex Fergusson.

The RIAS reception celebrated Speirs and Major's unprecedented recent achievement of winning a third International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)' annual Radiance Award, in a row.

This is the world's most prestigious award in lighting design.

Jonathan, a Chartered Architect and lifelong member of the RIAS, is the fifth recipient of the Incorporation's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Previous recipients are Richard Gibson of Richard Gibson Architects, Robert Steedman, of Morris and Steedman, and the architectural partnership Professors Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia.

"The achievement of Speirs and Major is remarkable and something of which all of us in Scotland should be very proud," commented David Dunbar, President of RIAS.

"Founded and based in Edinburgh, this is a company with worldwide reach and very significant international success.

The fact that Speirs and Major have worked alongside very many of the best known architectural names across the world, indicates the high regard in which they and the quality of their work, are held."