Theatre Projects’ design principal, Scott Crossfield, will join Mitch A. Hirsch, principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and Joseph Myers, president and principal of Kirkegaard Associates, in the panel discussion, “Perform: Designing for the Performing Arts,” November 14, 2018 at the American Association of Architects New York Chapter Conference in New York City.
The panel will focus on the many challenges and rewards of designing buildings for the performing arts.
Scott, Mitch, and Joseph will talk about their approaches to planning and designing these highly technical, complex buildings including their collaboration on the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium, a 1,765-seat touring house that opened in 2016.
The three designers will address how they balance the overlapping and often opposing needs of the various user groups that can inhabit an arts center—children’s theatre organizations, community arts groups, regional theatres, college and higher education arts programs, touring acts, rental clients, and more—each possessing their own unique performance, administrative, and support needs.
The panelists will also address the inherent obstacles to designing arts centers including the conflicting goals, motivations, and approaches of design team members, sub-consultants, owners, users, community, government, and donors.
“Mitch and Joseph are rare talents and true innovators of modern theatre design,” Scott said. “It was a privilege for me and our team at Theatre Projects to design the Hancher Auditorium with them.”
The discussion will be moderated by architect and writer, Ted Whitten, and take place from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at the Center for Architecture, at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, New York, 10012. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through the event website at: https://calendar.aiany.org/2018/08/06/perform-designing-for-the-performing-arts/