A team of students from Clemson University in South Carolina, US, received the Commissioner’s Award in the 2011 USITT Ideal Theatre student design. This is the highest award students are eligible to receive.
Winning the Commissioner’s award was Astro3 with a design team of Charles Kane, Allender Steward, Evaline Dadulla, and Michael Deere, along with Harry Averett, who served as the client.
The fifth annual design competition, sponsored by American Seating, brings together architecture students as designers and theatre students as clients as they work together to create an “ideal” theatre. A jury, with the top three teams selected to receive honour awards, reviewed all of the projects along with the spectators vote. The three finalists were invited to USITT’s 2011 Annual Conference and Stage Expo, where they presented the finished projects to an audience of conference attendees, architects, theatre consultants, and representatives from American Seating.
“Watching the intensity of the young professionals during their presentations was inspirational,” says Deb McDermott, VP of Marketing for American Seating. “American Seating has been making theatre seating since the late 1800’s. We are honoured to sponsor this competition, and to play a small role in educating tomorrow’s theatre architects.”
All awarded teams received a stipend to help them attend the annual conference, free conference registration, and the opportunity to interact, and have their work reviewed with leading practitioners.
Other university teams that received awards were from University of Nevada, University of Puerto Rico, and University of Alabama.
USITT, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, serve the design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry. The institute provides an environment for these professionals to connect, create, share, and communicate their craft.
American Seating is provides seating solutions for architectural environments, including the education, entertainment, office, and government contract markets. They also serve in transportation seating and have set a standard for product design, durability, and comfort.
More information can be found at www.usitt.org.