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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 is 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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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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USITT’s Architecture Commission has bestowed a USITT Honor Award to The Theatre School at DePaul University, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli.

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As part of Schuler Shook’s continued recognition of excellence within our team, Christopher Sprague is promoted to Senior Theatre Consultant.

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The American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC) named Robert Shook a Fellow of the ASTC at its Annual Meeting this past weekend.

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The effects of light and darkness on senior care residents and the link to the circadian thythm are explored in CALA NEWS & VIEWS, Winter 2016 issue.

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Six designers recently joined our growing team of creative experts in theatre and lighting design.

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Mondo*ARC covers Schuler Shook's lighting scheme, well-integrated with Goettsch Partner's architectural design for Northwestern University's Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.

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The design of a new performance hall needed to add capacity while retaining the original character. Schuler Shook worked closely with HGA on this project for Ordway Center for the Perfo

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ARCHITECT magazine covers the first US amphitheatre to achieve LEED Gold, and the team that made it happen, led by Hodgetts + Fung, Smith Gee, and Hawkins Partners.

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The Wall Street Journal recently reviewed Bel Canto, the new opera by Jimmy Lopez and librettist Nilo Cruz, with lighting by Duane Schuler.

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Five of Schuler Shook’s theatre and lighting projects have been honored with AIA Chicago Chapter Awards.

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Jim Baney, IALD, IES, LC, LEED AP, will participate in a workshop session at the Facades+ Conference in Chicago, Friday, November 6th.

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The recently renovated Kings Theatre is a visually stunning accomplishment, thanks to a dedicated team who gave the former Loew’s movie palace a new life.

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Giulio Pedota, IALD, IES, LC, LEED AP, will be presenting a session on IP68 LED Lighting for the Chicago Riverwalk at the LED Specifier Summit, Tuesday, November 17th.

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Ohio University bestowed the Medal of Merit on Robert Shook, ASTC, FIALD, at the Alumni Association Gala October 9th for significant contributions to his fields of work and study.

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Two Schuler Shook projects named recipients of Building Design + Construction's PLATINUM Reconstruction Award.

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Volunteers from the Chicago office of Schuler Shook spent part of a recent warm, sunny day to help spruce up the Cummings Playlot near Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Jim Hultquist, ASTC, was pleased to be a part of the team that created the largest new regional theatre in Australia.

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CX Magazine gives the recently opened Ulumbarra Theatre a thorough review in this article.

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Duane Schuler is lighting the Lyric Opera production of "Bel Canto" composed by Jimmy Lopez.

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The lighting design and sustainable strategies for Loyola University’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability are featured in LD+A, the magazine of the Illuminating Engineering Socie

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John Jacobsen’s latest lighting for the stage can be seen in BoHo Theatre’s production of “Scotland Road.” Read on to see what the critics are saying...

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Duane Schuler’s lighting for Turandot at La Scala was on display as the Puccini opera helped mark the opening of Expo Milano 2015 in Milan, Italy.

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Joshua Grossman, ASTC, served as a design mentor for USITT student members in the annual ASTC-USITT Venue Renovation Challenge.

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Michael shared insights about the pitfalls and challenges of renovating a historic theatre during LHAT’s recent regional conference in Des Moines.

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