To Open Nominations for 2011 Architecture Awards
Now in its second decade, USITT Architecture Awards continues to draw submissions of the finest in new uses and reuse from around the world.
Applications will be available on the website September 1. Submission and entry forms are due November 8.
Adjudication will take place later in 2010 with Honor and Merit Award winners announced early in 2011. Finalists will be invited to the Charlotte 2011 Annual Conference & Stage Expo where all submissions will be discussed in a special session, and the awards presented as part of the Architecture Commission events.
Any building completed in the last 10 years is eligible. For past winners, application, and details of the awards process click here.
Notable jury members include Joshua Dachs, theatre consultant; Norman Pfeiffer, FAIA, founder of Pfeiffer Partners and former founding partner of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (HHPA); and Yasuhisa Toyota, president, Nagata Acoustics.
Mr. Dachs is an architect and theatrical lighting designer. He directs Fisher Dachs Associates where he provides planning, programming, and design leadership. In more than 25 years of practice he has helped plan and design hundreds of projects. He actively participates in room shaping, spatial organization, and other major design issues in the early stages of virtually all of FDA's significant projects.
As a principal consultant to Lincoln Center, Mr. Dachs has been involved in the renovation of the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the renovation of Alice Tully Hall, the expansion of the Juilliard School, and renovation plans for Avery Fisher Hall.
Among the other projects completed under his leadership are the flexible REDCAT Theatre at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California; the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas; a new opera house in Daegu, South Korea, and the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. Pfeiffer has been recognized during his long career for memorable performing arts and cultural spaces. His diverse portfolio includes contemporary new construction as well as historic renovations and additions. His inclusive approach grounds each design solution in an understanding of site opportunities, community objectives, architectural influences, and functional parameters and has resulted in both iconic and contextual resolutions. His buildings have been amply recognized by the profession with numerous planning, design, and restoration awards for their contribution to architecture, urbanism, and the communities they serve, including several USITT Architecture Awards.
Mr. Pfeiffer received a USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Architecture in 2007. Among his noted performing arts facilities are Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon; Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage; and Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, Colorado.
Current and recent projects include the Performing Arts Center Eastside in Bellvue, Washington; the Debartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame; the Colburn School of Performing Arts Expansion in downtown Los Angeles; and the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center at the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Pfeiffer has taught, written, and lectured extensively about architecture throughout his career.
Dr. Toyota leads Nagata Acoustics room acoustical consulting activities and spearheaded the company’s advancement into the international arena. He has been project chief and chief acoustician on major concert hall projects in Japanese and United States, engineering some of the most acoustically-admired spaces built in the last 40 years.
Dr. Toyota began his professional career in 1977, joining Nagata Acoustics directly from Kyushu Institute of Design, where he received a Bachelor of Design degree in Acoustical Design and Engineering. For more than two decades, he collaborated closely with Dr. Minoru Nagata, the company’s founder, retired president, and current executive advisor.
In the United States, his work includes the Bard College Performing Arts Center, New York City; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California. Other international work includes the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia; Shenzhen Cultural Center Concert Hall, Shenzhen, China; and the Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Among Dr. Toyota’s noteworthy accomplishments is the acoustical design of Suntory Hall, completed in Tokyo, in 1986. Dr. Toyota has made numerous presentations, given lectures, and written papers for both technical and music industry professionals. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and the Acoustical Society of Japan. Nagata Acoustics has an office in Los Angeles, California.