Robert Shook FASTC, FIALD

Director

Robert Shook is a creative and skillful design collaborator who genuinely enjoys the design process. He enthusiastically brings to every project a wealth of experience in theatre planning and architectural lighting design.  He has been involved in the planning and equipping of hundreds of theatres around the world, and he promotes intimacy and flexibility as key components in successful theatre design. 


A knowledge leader in the field, he is featured in the stage lighting textbooks, Scene Design and Stage Lighting and also Stage Lighting: Foundations and Applications.


As a lighting designer, he firmly believes that lighting should not overwhelm the architect’s vision, but should enhance the experience of the architecture.  Robert is a strong proponent of the collaborative process in the development of successful theatre and lighting designs.

Significant Projects

Education

  • BFA - Goodman School of Drama
  • MFA - Ohio University

Organizations

  • American Society of Theatre Consultants, Fellow
  • International Association of Lighting Designers, Fellow
  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • International Association of Venue Managers
  • International Society for the Performing Arts
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology
  • American Institute of Architects, Professional Affiliate

Presentations & Panels

  • “Modern Concert Halls: Accommodating Expanding Needs” - USITT National Conference, 2015
  • “Urban Light” - The University of Chicago, 2015
  • “Sustainability Mythbusters” - USITT National Conference, 2013
  • “The Front Door: Modern Front of House Design” – International Theatre Engineering & Architecture Conference, London, 2010
  • “Millennium Park after Dark” - IALD Enlighten Europe, London, 2010
  • “Keys to Collaboration: Successful Teams and Buildings” - USITT National Conference, 2010
  • “It’s Not Just Lighting the Stage Anymore - Cross-over and Lighting Designers Then and Now” - USITT National Conference, 2010
  • “The Role of the Architect in Theatre Facility Design” - North American Theatre Engineering & Architecture Conference, 2008
  • “Evolution in the Design of Front of House Spaces” - USITT National Conference, 2009
  • “Architectural Dimming and Controls” - USITT National Conference, 2009
  • “Lighting for Museums and Galleries” - USITT National Conference, 2007
  • “Making Great Multipurpose Theatres” - USITT National Conference, 2007
  • "Making Flexible Truly Spectacular" - TCG National Conference, 2007
  • “It’s All in the Details” - IALD Education Conference, 2007
  • “The Value of Using a Lighting Designer” - NeoCon, 2007
  • "Buildings for Tomorrow's Audience: What Do Our Theatres Need?" - TCG National Conference, 2006
  • "Top 10 Blunders in Theatre Planning (and How to Fix 'Em)" - TCG National Conference, 2005
  • "Lighting and Glass" - Lightfair, 2004
  • "Role of Lighting in Urban Planning" - IALD Education Conference, 2003
  • "Lighting for Historical Churches" - Lightfair, 1999
  • "Applying Theatrical Techniques to Architectural Lighting" - Lightfair, 1995

Awards

  • DePaul University, The Theatre School
    • USITT Honor Award, 2016
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2015
    • Chicago Building Congress CBC/COAA Owners' Choice Award, 2014
  • 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
  • Ravinia, Martin Theatre
    • USITT Honor Award, 1994
  • Navy Pier, Skyline Stage

    • USITT Merit Award, 1998
  • 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
  • Calder Flamingo Sculpture
    • IALD Award of Merit, 1999
    • IES International Illumination Design Award, 1999
  • Shedd Aquarium Caribbean Reef Exhibit
    • IES International Award of Distinction, 2000
    • General Electric Lighting Award of Merit, 2000
    • AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2000
  • Old St. Patrick's Church
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2001
    • AIA Honor Award, 2001
  • Second Street Bridge

    • IES International Illumination Design Award of Excellence, 1999
  • Chicago Water Tower Restoration
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 1999
  • Shedd Aquarium Wild Reef Exhibit
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2004
  • American National Bank

    • GE Award of Merit, 1995
  • RiverEdge Park
    • IES Illumination Design Award of Merit, 2014
    • GE Special Citation, 2013