March 2012

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March 2012


Structures Focus of Conference Offerings

Scott Georgeson, FAIA Architecture Commissioner

The Architecture Commission is looking forward to being back at the beach with many highlights for the Long Beach 2012 Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

The popular Wednesday afternoon theatre tours are planned. Sign up first thing Wednesday morning since lots are limited and they go fast. The bus leaves at 1 p.m.
Thursday are sessions on innovations in planning performance spaces. Find out how a robot can make a performance space. Learn the tricks that only theatre architects know about making theatres work better for the audience, technicians, and performers.

Friday morning starts with the business of the annual Commission meeting. Ideas for a 2013 session and Commission business will be discussed. Big plans for next year and beyond will be on the agenda as well as election of new leadership. Sessions for the rest of Friday will examine the needs of young and future audiences.

At its final session, the Architecture Commission will welcome the OISTAT Architecture Commission. International architects will share thoughts on working around the world. Friday night is for awards and party. Come and meet top theatre architects and future architects. The USITT Architecture Awards will be presented to the best new theatre built in the last couple years. The finalists in the Student "Ideal Theatre" competition will also be special guests. This year's teams are from Iran and France.

On Saturday, the finalist of the "Ideal Theatre" competition will present their projects at the USITT booth at Stage Expo, and participants get to vote for the winner. Check the conference schedule for details of session topics and locations.

Other architectural highlights at Stage Expo will be the Architecture Awards exhibit and the best entries to the student "Ideal Theatre" competition, and the PQ 2011 USA architecture exhibit.