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The Theatre Royal at Bury St. Edmunds was one of only two Honor Awards selected for 2008 USITT Architecture Awards. Accepting the award are Rachel James of Levitt Berstein Associates, Ltd., the building's London architects and Jim Niesel of Arup Acoustics, the acoustical consultant.

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Architecture Awards
Marks 16th Year

The Architecture Awards program is celebrating its 16th year in bringing public and professional recognition to architecture design of theatre projects. The program is open to any new construction or renovation completed since January 1, 1998. Architects practicing anywhere within the seven continents may enter one or more submissions.

The USITT Architecture Awards jury will evaluate projects on creativity, contextual resonance, functional operation, exploration of new technologies, and community contribution.

Architecture Commissioner John Prokos, FAIA, and Vice-Commissioner for Awards William Murray, AIA, have named Robert Campbell; Graham Gund, FAIA; and Benton Delinger as jurors for the 2009 awards.

Mr. Campbell, an architect, has worked both in private practice and as a consultant. He received a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism as a columnist and author. Mr. Gund is president and founder of Gund Partnership. His firm has earned more than 100 awards for design excellence. He is a trustee of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a member of the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows. Mr. Delinger is the director of project management for Theatre Projects Consultants in Connecticut. He is a former production manager for the San Jose Repertory and was a founding member of the LORT Production Managers Forum.

November 7 is the deadline to submit an entry. Submission information, requirements, and entry forms are available at or by contacting the USITT office at 800-938-7488, ext. 101 or

Jurors are expected to meet in November, and all those submitting entries will be notified of results in December. Representatives of projects chosen to receive Honor or Merit awards will be invited guests of USITT at the Annual Conference & Stage Expo March 18 to March 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio where the awards will be presented.

An annual review of all 2009 entries will be examined at a special Conference session in Cincinnati; projects from the United States may also be considered for inclusion in future exhibits such as the 2011 Prague Quadrennial.

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