6th – 8th June 2019

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Designing with materials & light

  • Ian Hunter
  • Keith Bradshaw


School of Jewellery


Fri 8th June @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am



Two experts in specialist subjects give an insight into working in their fields.

Materials Council’s work is informed by an extensive knowledge of materials and manufacturing, a deep understanding of architectural and interior applications, direct advisory experience to architects and designers and a constant dialogue with manufacturers.

Speirs + Major are a multi-award-winning independent design practice that uses light to enhance the experience of the visual environment. Established for over two decades, their Work encompasses architecture, strategic branding and innovative product design. Speirs + Major have been credited with helping to raise awareness of the lighting design profession globally.

The talks will be followed by a joint Q&A session.


Ian Hunter

Materials Council

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Materials Council

Materials Council was established by Ian Hunter, Brad Turner and founding partner Architonic. Ian and Brad are highly qualified industrial designers and former materials researchers at Foster + Partners architects.

Here they kept the practice abreast of developments in architectural materials and technologies, operated the world’s largest materials library and advised the architects about material selection, implementation and sustainability. They have worked directly on a number of prestigious international projects including the new Apple campus, the Masdar Institute of Technology and Spaceport America.

Ian has participated in a number of forums and events including the UKTI’s Materials Knowledge Transfer Network and the Neue Workstoffe ‘new materials’ symposium at the Technische Universität München. Brad has worked in the fields of media, communications and business development for the two leading global design portals – Designboom in Milan and Dezeen in London.

They are regular speakers at international events, including the Cradle-to-Cradle cafe in Rotterdam, and are visiting lecturers at the London College of Communication and the Royal College of Art. They also feature frequently in online and print media, recently being interviewed in FX Magazine, published in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ periodical Modus and providing specialist materials knowledge for The Evening Standard.

Keith Bradshaw

Speirs + Major

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Speirs + Major

Keith Bradshaw studied fine art before training in architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture. This broad education provided him with the opportunity to develop ideas where materials became less important than the atmosphere and experience of space: this led naturally to working with light.

Keith became a Principal of Speirs + Major in 2009. He is based in Edinburgh and directs projects from both of Speirs + Major’s studios. He has led many of the practice’s award winning international and UK projects, including the Copenhagen Opera House, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Mosque, Shenzhen Airport and flagship stores for Giorgio Armani in Tokyo, New York, Milan and Beijing. Noteworthy current projects include urban realm projects in Miami, Helsinki and Hong Kong and civic buildings in Rome, Oslo and Beijing.

Keith regularly publishes articles and has also lectured and taught practical workshops to a range of students. He was invited to be a Fellow of the RSA in 2013.


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School of Jewellery

82-86 Vittoria St
Birmingham, B1 3PA United Kingdom

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Located conveniently in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the School was founded in 1890. It is the largest in Europe, with excellent facilities and expertise to develop a career in the sector.

A blend of traditional historic and cutting-edge contemporary, The Vittoria Street building’s historical facade conceals a contemporary environment including workshops, a specialist library, an atrium gallery and exhibition space. The extensive refurbishment resulted in awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Civic Trust.

The venue is well located for anyone wanting to explore the Jewellery Quarter and discover its history.

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