The Ideal Theatre 2011

The Commission is organizing this Architectural Design Competition to promote the teaming of college and university students enrolled in professional architectural and theatre programs.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Students, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Theater
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 17 November 2010 GoogleCal iCal
22 December 2010 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility A team enrolled college/university students(at least 2 individuals; 1 student of architecture and 1 student of theatre)/ Students who graduated after April 2010 are also eligible.

The competition poses the design question, “What is the Ideal Theatre for teaching professional theatre”? This question is to be explored and answered by a “Team” composed of at least one theatre student currently enrolled in a college or university theatre program and one architectural student enrolled in an accredited architectural college or university program. Each team member has a defined responsibility. The theatre students will act as the “Client” and the architectural students as the “Designer”. The “Client” is responsible to teach the “Designer” about the workings and artistry of Theatre. The “Client” will define the detail needs of the theater complex and provide at least one critique of the design produced by the “Designer.” It is desired that that the “Client” will remain an active member of the design process. The design solution MUST be the result of a “Conversation” between the “Client” and “Designer”. History proves the most successful theatre design solutions take into account all aspects and needs of theatre production, artist presentation and audience interaction.

Timothy Hartung FAIA (Ennead Architects)
David Kahn (Acoustics Dimensions)
Josh Dachs (Fisher Dachs)

Commissioner Award: $1500
Honor Award(3 team): $1000 each
Merit Awards

Entry Fee

Two boards(24” x 36”) and the design process documentation(not more than 6 pages) and CD containing digital datas

Submission Address
Ideal Theatre
315 South Crouse Ave
Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13210

Winners announcement: March 9-12, 2010 at the 2011 USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina

Past winners

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology Inc.

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