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How is the latest LED technology changing stage lighting? Paul Whitaker talks with designers and lighting supervisors about everything from design process to tape light.

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David Barbour with Lighting & Sound America fondly recalls attending shows at Emerson Colonial in Boston and is thrilled with the last-minute rescue of this Broadway jewel.

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We are proud to recognize and celebrate three recent promotions among our designers and introduce our newest team members.

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Tour this community and civic centre that has something for everyone.

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Duane Schuler joins "unusual and highly creative" design team in co-production of Faust with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Portland Opera.

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Michael White, IESNA, LC, EDAC, LEED AP, Senior Lighting Designer retires from Schuler Shook after nearly 15 years in the Minneapolis office and 42 years in the lighting industry.

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Schuler Shook’s lighting designers are pleased to receive recognition from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for their recent lighting designs.

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Schuler Shook is pleased to announce the promotion of theatre consultant, Jody Kovalick, ASTC, to Principal.

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Lighting & Sound America's David Barbour captures the vintage remake of Cincinnati Music Hall.

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VenuesNow reviews McAllen Performing Arts Center's first year in operation, serving the Rio Grande Valley.

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Jack Hagler, ASTC, Partner at Schuler Shook and IAVM Allied Member is the first performing arts Allied Member to be awarded the Joseph J. Anzivino Distinguished Allied Award.

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Schuler Shook Project Lighting Designer, John Jacobsen, is recognized as one of North America’s brightest young lighting designers by Lighting magazine.


​First Gold Coast Cultural Precinct project opens under new name “Home of the Arts” (HOTA).​

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Schuler Shook is pleased to announce the promotion of theatre planner and consultant, Kimberly Corbett Oates, ASTC, to Principal.

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A new arts, civic and community facility designed by FJMT for the City of Casey has opened in the outer Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren.

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We proudly announce three recent promotions and the addition of our newest designer.

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The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College in Holland, MI, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, is a world-class facility for music

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The Performing Arts Complex at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

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"Not your typical urban park," says AZURE magazine.

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Schuler Shook Lighting Specialist, Jackson Pattermann, received the IES Chicago Emerging Professionals' Luminaire Design Award for his latest design, Eclipse.

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The lighting designers for Chicago Riverwalk received a special honor – recognition from their peers – via the UK-based darc awards program.

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Schuler Shook’s lighting designers are pleased to receive recognition from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for their recent lighting designs.

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mondo*arc calls Chicago Riverwalk "vibrant, playful and welcoming."

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Lighting of "Banks" Reaps AL Awards for Schuler Shook

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Schuler Shook sees a bright future enhanced by the addition of four designers in Chicago and Dallas, and recognizes excellence with a promotion

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Auditoria Magazine reaches out to Schuler Shook and other industry leaders to discuss virtual reality and the increasingly sophisticated modeling tools used in the industry.

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Robert Shook's article about the lobby as a "third place" appears in the Spring issue of USITT's TD&T magazine.

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Schuler Shook are pleased to announce the promotion of two talented, dedicated staff members to Principal.

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Lighting designs for an urban landscape and an historic interior renovation garner IALD awards.

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Schuler Shook announces Nicolò Brambilla, IALD, has joined our Melbourne office as Senior Lighting Designer, expanding the firm's lighting services in Australia.

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Schuler Shook's Paul Whitaker helps explain the "modern ruin" approach to renovations, and how it succeeded for the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN. (photo courtesy Oertel Architects)


Schuler Shook is pleased to announce Michael Burgoyne, ASTC, as the newest Partner in the firm.

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"Fifteen years in the making, a new public space reunites Chicago with the river that runs through it."

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Todd Hensley, ASTC, penned this article for Facility Manager about addressing gender identity issues when planning performing arts facilities .

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Duane Schuler has been nominated for Outstanding Lighting & Sound Design (Large) by Toronto’s My Entertainment World for his lighting work on "Norma".

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Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater received a USITT Merit Award from the USITT Architecture Commission. Our theatre consultants are pleased to have been part of the design team.

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Schuler Shook announces the opening of our San Francisco Bay office and additions to our California team.

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Schuler Shook’s lighting designers performed an in-depth study of building façade lighting for the City of Chicago. From our lighting design research, we offer these recommendations.

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What if you could take CE courses from other designers who specialize in a field and know all of the product manufacturers?

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Michael D. White, EDAC, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD, and Richard R. Wilson, MD, review the effects of indoor lighting on the health and well-being of people in senior living environments.

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Black Box. Studio. Lab Theatres. Experimental Theatres. These flexible performance spaces are known by many names. Just how good are they for teaching and performance?


We are taking what science tells us about how light affects the human animal, and using that evidence to inform our design of architectural lighting.

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Lighting & Sound America covers the first LEED Gold amphitheatre in the US, Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville's new Riverfront Park.

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Schuler Shook is pleased to receive six Awards of Merit from the IES for lighting designs across a variety of project types.

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Volunteers from Schuler Shook’s Chicago office took time out to help keep our parks looking beautiful.

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Senior Lighting Designer Paul Whitaker hits this project out of the park! Target Field Station combines a transportation hub with ample urban green space and a 1,000-seat amphitheatre.

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Renovating and remodeling the original venue built in 1937 into a performance center presented not only construction, but also AVL design and installation challenges. ​​

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Indus­try Links

02 Jun 2016 / News

We've gathered up a list of links from around the industry for your reference.

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Duane Schuler’s lighting for opera productions and for architectural environments spans the globe. LA Opera interviews Duane in this article, discussing how he got his start and how he approaches production lighting.

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