Anne Minors to Present "Efficient Design Ideas" at NATEAC
Anne Minors of Anne Minors Performance Consultants (AMPC) will be one of four panelists to present a session at NATEAC 2012. Entitled "Efficient Design Ideas for Theatres: How To Do More With Less," the session will explore ideas around how to maximize design efficiency in projects with modest budgets.
Minors will bring her knowledge and experience of 27 years of design -- during which time she has designed over 100 rooms for concerts, opera, and theatre -- to the presentation.
"At AMPC we take an integrated, holistic approach to design and spend a great deal of time on the details," explains Minors. "We give careful consideration to what each project needs and design for aesthetic effect as well as efficiency, often building features into the architecture itself. We pride ourselves in our individual and creative use of equipment to maximize performance, whatever the scale of budget, and ensure the client receives the best possible results their budget can give."
She continues: "The NATEAC panel discussion will focus on mid-budget projects and give delegates the opportunity to put their questions directly to us practitioners and to learn a lot from the panel's combined experience."
AMPC has been involved in projects including the Paul Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edwards School, Birmingham; the Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham; the Egg Children's Theatre, Bath; and The Bishop Centre at Godolphin and Latymer School, Hammersmith.
Sarah Adams, head of drama at Godolphin and Latymer School, says: "We are extremely fortunate to have such a state-of-the-art performance space for the girls to work in. What makes the Bishop Centre unique is its flexibility, which is all down to the clever design. With the ability to transform the space into a number of configurations, including end-on, thrust, traverse, and in-the-round, the possibilities for our theatrical productions are endless."
Garsington Opera House, another recent AMPC project, has been awarded no less than three RIBA awards at the ceremony held last month: the RIBA Award, the RIBA South Building of the Year Award, and the RIBA Client of the Year Award. The project will go forward to be shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize for Architecture.
Anne Minors will be joined on the panel by architects Virginia Ross of Williams Ross Architects, Victoria, Australia; and Katie Oman of Fischer Dachs Associates, New York, New York. The panel will be moderated by theatre consultant, Robert Hamilton, of Douglas Welch Design Associates Ltd, Vancouver, Canada. With all four corners of the world represented, they hope to cover all the bases of theatre design.
NATEAC will take place from July 22 - 23, 2012, at the New York Hilton Hotel.