Schuler Shook announced the promotion of two talented, dedicated staff members to Principal.
Paul Whitaker, LEED AP, is promoted to Principal in the firm. Whitaker’s diverse experience in both architectural lighting design and theatre planning are complemented by his continued work as a theatrical lighting designer off-Broadway, regionally and internationally. Whitaker first worked in Schuler Shook’s Minneapolis office as an intern and project designer from 1997-1999. He re-joined Schuler Shook in 2006 as a lighting designer and theatre consultant. He became a senior theatre consultant and senior lighting designer – one of the few people in the firm to hold both titles – in 2014.
“Paul’s depth and breadth of knowledge and skills allow him to work on an architecture project pursuing LEED certification as wellas consult on some of today’s best spaces for performance. Paul’s promotion stems from his true leadership at Schuler Shook,” said Michael DiBlasi, ASTC, Partner and Practice Leader in Schuler Shook’s Minneapolis office.
Whitaker’s significant projects in theatre and lighting include Target Field Station; Macalester College Commons and Music Building; Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas; Howard Theatre; The Palace Theatre; and Woody Guthrie Center and Guthrie Green.
Jim Hultquist, ASTC, LEED AP, is promoted to Principal in the firm. Hultquist joined Schuler Shook as a project theatre consultant in 2009, working with Robert Shook to start the firm’s Melbourne office. He became a senior theatre consultant in 2012 after the successful completion of the Hamer Hall refurbishment and his work in developing a strong and lasting presence in Australia. Hultquist now leads a team that offers theatre, audio-visual and specialty lighting consulting services.
“Jim is great to work with, enjoyable and personable, and a strong leader for our Melbourne team. I am incredibly pleased with all that he is doing for our clients in Melbourne and beyond,” said company Director Robert Shook, FASTC, FIALD.
Hultquist’s notable projects include Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Renewal; Hamer Hall; Cairns Performing Arts Centre; Bunjil Place Theatre; Sydney Lyric Theatre; and Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide.