Michael DiBlasi ASTC


Michael is a partner and principal designer in the Minneapolis office and has been an integral part of Schuler Shook since its inception.

Michael began his career in technical theatre design, which is the basis for his theatre consulting work. His hands-on understanding of performance venue requirements, including technical, functional and aesthetic issues, provides an invaluable resource to the design of theatre facilities. His theatre consulting experience includes renovated and new performance spaces for professional, community and educational facilities.

Michael's involvement in the project begins with pre-design and programming studies that help shape the immediate and long range requirements for the facility. His involvement continues throughout the project as Michael collaborates with all members of the design team to develop the project's original vision into its successful completion.

Significant Projects


  • BFA - Boston University


  • American Society of Theatre Consultants
  • International Association of Lighting Designers
  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology
  • League of Historic American Theatres - Former Board Member
  • International Association of Venue Managers
  • Society for College and University Planning


  • Kings Theatre
    • 2015 TITLE III ADA Sapolin Pub­lic Accom­mo­da­tion Award
    • Build­ing Design + Con­struc­tion 2015 Plat­inum Award for Reconstruction
  • Saenger Theatre
    • IES Inter­na­tion­al Illu­mi­na­tion Edwin F. Guth Memo­r­i­al Award of Excel­lence , Indoor Light­ing Design, 2014
  • Mayo Clinic Square

    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2016
  • Tradewinds Buffet Treasure Island Resort & Casino
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2016
  • Target Field Station
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2015
    • AIA Nation­al Hon­or Award for Region­al & Urban Design, 2015
  • Radisson Blu Mall of America

    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2014
  • Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2014
  • Bigelow Chapel
    • SCUP/A­IA-CAE Hon­or Award for Excel­lence in New Cam­pus Archi­tec­ture, 2006
    • SCUP/A­IA-CAE Excel­lence in Cam­pus Archi­tec­ture Hon­or Award (nation­al), 2006
    • Faith & Form Reli­gious Archi­tec­ture Hon­or Award, 2005
    • AIA Min­neso­ta Hon­or Award, 2004
  • Minneapolis Convention Center
    • IALD Award of Mer­it, 2003
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2002
  • St. Anthony Falls Office Building
    • LEED Gold
    • Min­neapo­lis Her­itage Preser­va­tion His­toric Restora­tion Award, 2008
    • Preser­va­tion Alliance of Min­neso­ta Adap­tive Reuse Award, 2008
    • Preser­va­tion Alliance of Min­neso­ta Award for Excel­lence in Sus­tain­able Design, 2008
  • Midtown Exchange
    • Min­neapo­lis Her­itage Preser­va­tion Award, 2006
  • Pantages Theatre
    • USITT Mer­it Award, 2004
    • AIA Min­neso­ta Hon­or Award, 2003
    • Min­neapo­lis Her­itage, 2003
  • Rainforest Café
    • IES Inter­na­tion­al Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award
    • IIDA Award
  • Cue Restaurant at the Guthrie

    • Edwin F. Guth Memo­r­i­al Award of Excel­lence for Inte­ri­or Light­ing Design — Inter­na­tion­al Illu­mi­na­tion Design Awards, 2007
    • IES Twin Cities Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award, 2007
  • Minnesota Judicial Center

    • IIDA Award of Mer­it, 1996
  • Landmark Plaza
    • AIA Min­neso­ta Hon­or Award, 2002