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.

Featured Projects

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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
    • IALD Award of Mer­it, 2017
    • A|L Light & Archi­tec­ture Design Award: Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment, Exte­ri­or Light­ing, 2017
    • IES Inter­na­tion­al Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Excel­lence, Out­door Light­ing Design, 2016
    • 2018 AIA Insti­tute Hon­or Award for Region­al and Urban Design
    • Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Land­scape Archi­tects Hon­or Award, 2018
    • Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excel­lence, Sil­ver Medal, 2017
    • ULI Glob­al Awards for Excel­lence, 2017
    • 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
    • AIA Cal­i­for­nia Coun­cil Mer­it Award in Adap­tive Reuse/​Renovation/​Historic Preser­va­tion, 2018
    • 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
  • Lookingglass Theatre Company
    • USITT Mer­it Award, 2005
    • 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
  • Hyde Park Bank
    • GE Edi­son Award of Excel­lence, 2005
    • AIA Nation­al Award, 2004
    • VM+SD Retail Ren­o­va­tion Com­pe­ti­tion Win­ner, 2005
  • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
    • IES Region­al Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2009
  • Minneapolis Convention Center
    • IALD Award of Mer­it, 2003
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2002
  • North Central College
    • AIA Illi­nois Mies van der Rohe Hon­or Award, 2012
    • Edu­ca­tion Design Show­case Hon­or­able Men­tion, 2009
  • Herman Miller National Showroom
    • AIA Chica­go Hon­or Award, 2000
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award, 1999
  • Rainforest Café
    • IES Inter­na­tion­al Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award
    • IIDA Award
  • 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
  • Valparaiso University, Christopher Center
    • IES Design Award of Mer­it, 2004
    • AIA Chica­go Cita­tion of Mer­it, 2005
  • Mather Tower
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2006
    • Nation­al Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion Hon­or Award, 2006
  • Wrigley Building Exterior Plaza and Lobby
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2014
    • Chica­go AIA Dis­tin­guished Build­ing Award, 2014
    • Build­ing Design + Con­struc­tion Recon­struc­tion Bronze Award, 2013
  • Chicago Bears Sales Center
    • IES Chica­go Sec­tion Award, 2003
  • The First Presbyterian Church
    • IALD Award of Mer­it, 2003
    • IES Illu­mi­na­tion Design Award of Mer­it, 2003
  • Detroit School of Arts
    • AIA Detroit, Build­ing Hon­or Award, 2005
    • LEED Cer­ti­fied
  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

    • Build­ing Design + Con­struc­tion Plat­inum Recon­struc­tion Award, 2016
    • AIA Chica­go Cita­tion of Mer­it, 2015
  • 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