Services

We offer expertise in three main areas of service.


Theatre Planning

Theatre planning and technology design require a depth of experience balanced with a clear vision for the future of the performing arts. We believe performance spaces must engage their audiences and support the artists in their practice.


Audio-visual Consulting

Audio-visual systems have become an important aspect of almost every modern building from theatres to public assembly to entertainment spaces. Our approach focuses on functional integration with the architecture and other building systems, to help ensure the architecture is enhanced, not diminished, by the technology.


Specialist Lighting Design

Architecture and lighting are inseparable. We strive to understand the architect’s vision for every project element; it is that vision that engages and propels us forward. We explore unanticipated options in order to push beyond what is expected to that which is extraordinary.

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Awards + Recognition

  • Ascend Amphitheater
    • USITT Merit Award, 2017
    • Urban Land Institute-Nashville, People’s Choice Award, 2016
    • AIA Gulf States Award of Merit, 2016
    • Pollstar Best New Major Concert Venue, 2015
  • Chicago Riverwalk
    • 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
    • IALD Award of Merit, 2017
    • A|L Light & Architecture Design Award: Outstanding Achievement, Exterior Lighting, 2017
    • Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Silver Medal, 2017
    • ULI Global Awards for Excellence, 2017
    • IES International Illumination Design Award of Excellence, Outdoor Lighting Design, 2016
    • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award, 2016
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation
    • IALD Award of Merit, 2017
    • A|L Light & Architecture Design Award: Commendable Achievement, Interior Lighting, 2017
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2017
  • DePaul University, The Theatre School
    • USITT Honor Award, 2016
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2015
    • Chicago Building Congress CBC/COAA Owners' Choice Award, 2014
  • Kings Theatre
    • 2015 TITLE III ADA Sapolin Public Accommodation Award
    • Building Design + Construction 2015 Platinum Award for Reconstruction
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Academic Performing Arts Complex
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2016
    • AIA Austin Design Award, 2016
  • Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Vaele University Center

    • AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Honor Award, 2015
  • RiverEdge Park
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
    • GE Special Citation, 2013
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2015
    • ENR Magazine, National Best of The Best Award, Cultural Category, 2014
    • Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, Civic Award, 2014
    • California Preservation Foundation Design Award, Rehabilitation, 2014
  • Radisson Blu Mall of America

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
  • Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
  • Saenger Theatre
    • IES International Illumination Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellence , Indoor Lighting Design, 2014
  • Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
    • AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award, 2004
    • Chicago Building Congress Merit Award, 2004
    • Friends of Downtown Adaptive Reuse Award, 2004
    • Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence, 2003
  • Pantages Theatre
    • USITT Merit Award, 2004
    • AIA Minnesota Honor Award, 2003
    • Minneapolis Heritage, 2003
  • The University of Chicago, Saieh Hall for Economics
    • Society for College and University Planning Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2017
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2015
    • AIA Illinois Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award, 2016
    • Building Design + Construction – Platinum Award for Reconstruction, 2015
    • Society for College and University Planning Honor Award for Excellence in Planning, 2014
    • Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2014
  • Confidential Trading Company
    • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2011
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
    • Illumni Gold Infinity Award - Workplace Lighting, 2012
  • Large International Law Firm
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2011
  • Confidential Company
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
  • Herman Miller Office Building C1

    • AIA Chicago Sustainable Design Excellence Award, 2004
    • IES Chicago Illumination Design Award, 2004
    • 2004 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project
  • 333 West Wacker Drive Lobby
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
  • Hilton Chicago
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2013
  • 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
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2010
  • Loyola University Museum of Art
    • IES Sectional Illumination Design Award, 2007
  • Minnesota Judicial Center

    • IIDA Award of Merit, 1996
  • Midtown Exchange
    • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award, 2006
  • 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
  • Schauer Arts & Activities Center

    • USITT Merit Award, 2005
    • AIA Wisconsin Design Merit Award, 2002
    • ALA Presidential Award and Gold Design Award of Excellence, 2001
  • Shedd Aquarium Caribbean Reef Exhibit
    • IES International Award of Distinction, 2000
    • General Electric Lighting Award of Merit, 2000
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2000
  • Shedd Aquarium Wild Reef Exhibit
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2004
  • Chicago Board of Trade
    • IES International Illumination Design Award of Excellence, 2007
    • IALD Special Citation for Use of Modern Technology, 2007
    • Chicago Landmarks Preservation Excellence Award, 2007
  • DeVos Performance Hall
    • IALD Award of Merit, 2005
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2005
    • IES Chicago Illumination Design Award, 2005
  • Old St. Patrick's Church
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2001
    • AIA Honor Award, 2001
  • 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
  • The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2017
    • AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award, 2016
  • Gelber Group

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
  • Ravinia, Martin Theatre
    • USITT Honor Award, 1994
  • Navy Pier, Skyline Stage

    • USITT Merit Award, 1998
  • Calder Flamingo Sculpture
    • IALD Award of Merit, 1999
    • IES International Illumination Design Award, 1999
  • Loyola University- Madonna della Strada Chapel

    • IES Regional Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2008
    • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2007
    • Cooper Lighting Source Award – Honorable Mention, 2008
  • Chicago Water Tower Restoration
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 1999
  • Second Street Bridge

    • IES International Illumination Design Award of Excellence, 1999
  • American National Bank

    • GE Award of Merit, 1995
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library
    • Illumni Silver Infinity Award - Civic Lighting, 2012
    • GE Edison Award of Merit, 2011
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2012
    • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Citation of Merit, 2012
    • AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Citation of Merit, 2012
  • Three First National Plaza

    • Cooper Lighting SOURCE Award, Honorable Mention - Commercial Category, 2010
    • IES Regional Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2010
  • International Association of Lighting Designers Headquarters
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2013
  • Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

    • IES Regional Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2007
    • AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award, 2005
    • Chicago Building Congress Merit Award, 2004
    • Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence, 2003
  • Shedd Aquarium Amazon Rising

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit
  • CTA Dan Ryan Sox/35th St. Station and Pedestrian Bridge

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2004
  • Houston Baptist University - The Morris Arts Center

    • IES Illumination Award of Merit, 2009
  • The Kessler
    • Ruth Chenowith OOCCL Conservation Achievement Award, 2010
  • MATCH
    • 2017 Texas Architect Design Award
  • Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Vaele University Center

    • AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Honor Award, 2015
    • American School & University Citation, 2015
  • The University Of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Gordon Parks Arts Hall

    • American School & University Citation, 2017
  • Harris Theater For Music and Dance
    • AIA Chicago Ten-Year Award, 2015
    • AIA Chicago Citation of Merit, 2005
  • John Hancock Center Lobby Upgrade

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2017
  • Medtronic Plaza Horn Monument

    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2017
  • Morningstar Chicago
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2017
    • AIA Chicago Design Excellence: Interior Architecture Award, 2017
  • St. Paul Academy, Huss Center
    • AIA Minnesota 2017 Honor Award
  • Palace Theatre
    • Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, 2017 Impact Award
  • Machine Shop

    • Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, 2017 Honor Award
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library
    • 2014 ALA / IIDA Library Interior Design Award