Pioneering Lighting Architect Mark Major RDI has assumed the role of Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry, taking over from Tristram Carfrae RDI at a ceremony at the Royal Society of the Arts on Thursday 28th November. Principal of international design studio Speirs + Major, Major was made an RDI in 2012 for his ‘innovative use of light to create public space’.
Major has worked in the field of architectural lighting for more than thirty years. During that time he has collaborated on numerous high profile, award-winning projects such as Terminal 5 (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), 30 St. Mary Axe (Foster + Partners), the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall (Allies + Morrison) and the re-lighting of the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Recently completed projects include the Gasholders London at King’s Cross (Wilkinson Eyre Architects) and Stirling Prize nominated Macallan Distillery (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners). Mark has also developed a number of urban lighting strategies, including King’s Cross, Greenwich Peninsula and most recently for the City of London. He was the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Lighting Design Advisor for London 2012. Current projects include Battersea Power Station and the re-lighting of Westminster Abbey.
Commenting on his election, Major was keen to highlight the importance of the recognition of his profession and to emphasise the role of social and environmental responsibility in lighting design:
I am hugely honoured to have been elected to the role of Master, not least because it allows me to act as an ambassador for what can still be considered a nascent design profession – architectural lighting. In this sense, my appointment recognises the widening and evolving scope of design professions that have both aesthetic value and are of benefit to society. Lighting impacts everyone, and it has always been a major focus of my work to improve the quality of light for people within the urban environment. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my work with the Royal Society of Arts to promote the importance of socially and envi ronmentally responsible design and design education.