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July 2013

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Cook Named to OISTAT Architecture Commission

OISTATChicago architect Greg Cook, managing principal of Holabird & Root, LLP, was appointed the United States delegate to the Architecture Commission of OISTAT, the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians.

Lea Asbell-Swanger, USITT President, made the appointment which was confirmed by the Board of Directors at its June 14 meeting. Mr. Cook was recommended by Marketa Fantova, USITT Vice-President for International Activities. USITT is the United States centre for OISTAT.

OISTAT, which has its headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, is a global organizer of networks of designers, educators, and practitioners who “shape, challenge, and imagine elements, events, and environments for live performing arts.” Upcoming OISTAT events include World Stage Design 2013 and the World Congress, which will run concurrently in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom in September.

Mr. Cook will participate in OISTAT Architecture Commission meetings and discussions. The commission organizes the Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC) for young architects and students, whose winners are exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space, and maintains an international database of theatre buildings.

Mr. Cook, a member of Holabird & Root for over 30 years and managing principal since 1997, has overseen many award-winning projects, including the renovation of the Peninsula Players Outdoor Theatre in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of America’s oldest professional resident summer theatre, and the painstaking restoration of Chicago’s landmark Monroe Building, whose lobby was described in Crain’s magazine as “a built-in museum of ceramic art.”