Spiers and Major
Iain studied at the University of Glasgow and, whilst working as a graphic designer, became interested in lighting design for its mix of creative and technical skills.
Iain has over 20 years of experience as a lighting designer, joining Jonathan Speirs and Associates (later to become Speirs + Major) in 1996. During these years he has worked on a wide variety of projects including the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, HBOS Headquarters in Edinburgh, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Heathrow Terminal 5, The Trump International Tower in Toronto, and the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa. Several of the projects that Iain has worked on have been selected for awards including an IIDA award in 2007 for HBOS Headquarters in Edinburgh and IALD Radiance Awards for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Utrecht’s In Lumine Tuo.
One of Iain’s specific areas of interest and acknowledged expertise is the philosophy, design and technology of lighting control.
He lectures widely at numerous events speaking on items ranging from lighting control and energy efficiency issues to narratives in lit landscapes and the semiotics of light. He has led teaching workshops and has written in both the national and international press.
Iain is a self-confessed technology geek, a keen photographer