Mark trained and practised as an architect prior to focusing on the unique relationship between light and architecture. He was honoured as a Royal Designer for Industry in 2012, and served as Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry from 2020 until 2022.
Mark formed Speirs Major with Keith Bradshaw which grew out of Speirs and Major Associates. Speirs Major are recognised as being one of the world’s leading lighting design practices, using light and darkness to enhance the experience of the visual environment.
He has led a wide range of award-winning lighting projects including the Millennium Dome, 30 St. Mary Axe, Beijing International Airport, the refurbishment of Royal Festival Hall and the re-lighting of the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Recent award-winning projects include Gasholders London, The Macallan Distillery and Norwich Cathedral.
He is a specialist in the field of urban lighting and was named as a key city advisor by Monocle in 2013.
“Whilst our passion is light, shadow and darkness also play a huge role in our work.”
Mark acted as the Lighting Design Advisor 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, Scandinavia, U.S. and Australia. He was the co-creator of an educational project ‘Made of Light – the Art of Light and Architecture’.
Mark is also a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.