Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Design
Winner: Mark Major
Category sponsored by Duravit
Mark Major BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA FRIAS IALD RDI is the principal of the multi-award-winning lighting design practice Speirs + Major, founded with the late Jonathan Speirs in 1993.
Mark trained in architecture at what is now the University of Brighton and the University of Edinburgh, and practiced as an architect prior to focusing on the unique relationship between light and architecture.
He has worked on a wide range of award-winning lighting projects including the Millennium Dome, 30 St Mary Axe, Barajas International Airport, Madrid, Beijing International Airport, the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall and the relighting of the interior of St Paul's Cathedral. He is a specialist in the field of urban lighting and was named (by Monocle) as a key city adviser in 2013.
Speirs + Major has been appointed to create lighting master plans for several British cities, including Cambridge, Coventry, Durham and Newcastle.
Current projects include Two International Towers in Barangaroo, Sydney; Battersea Power Station in London, and Norwich Cathedral.
Mark acted as the Lighting Design Adviser to the Olympic Delivery Authority for London 2012 and was appointed to the Mayor of London's Special Assistance team for the Outer London Fund in the same year.
With an active interest in architectural and lighting education Mark has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. He was the co-creator of an educational project 'Made of Light - the Art of Light and Architecture'. In 2005 the book Made of Light - the Art of Light and Architecture' was published, co-authored by Mark, Anthony Tischauser and Jonathan Speirs.
Mark is a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the International Association of Lighting Designers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and was recognised as a Royal Designer for Industry in 2012.
We are delighted to add this award to his roll-call of honours.