I have known Mark Major for many years and he, along with the late Jonathan Speirs,
with whom he formed an extraordinary creative partnership, were the first people I talked
to when I began to write about architecural lighting.
The lighting practice of Speirs and Major is almost unrecognisable from those early days,
though even then they were doing seminal work, not least in coloured lighting. Winning
an unprecedented three IALD Radiance lighting design awards in a row, the cream of the
Excellence winners, Speirs and Major is one of the world’s most respected practices with
a history of prestigious and groundbreaking projects.
So when we decided to entertain the idea of a guest editor or curator, Mark Major –
erudite, eloquent, highly creative and passionate about light and architecture – was an
obvious choice for what we hope will be the first of many.
Our special issue devoted to colour, our first themed edition, was his idea and one he
suggested with barely any hesitation. Light is colour and colour is light, and both are
fundamental to our existence. It is therefore an excellent and fundamental beginning to
what we hope will be a regular but occasional editorial adventure.
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VOLUME 48 • ISSUE 06 2016
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