Following two years as a Senior Theatre Design Consultant Gavin co-founded Charcoalblue in 2004. In the proceeding years, Gavin has amassed an industry-leading expertise in the field. He specialises in auditorium design, theatre planning, as well as feasibility and briefing studies on projects large and small across the world.
Gavin has taught at both Canterbury University and the Dublin Institute of Technology and is an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He speaks frequently at conferences on the subject of performance space design.
Gavin’s consultancy work includes The Factory in Manchester, the Royal Opera House, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts at the World Trade Center in New York.
Which of the projects you've worked on has been your favourite and why?
RSC's Temporary Courtyard Theatre - Charcoalblue's first large project, won in the CEO’s kitchen Christmas 2004. A fast-paced design program, an exciting and challenging architect, an even more demanding client - and rightly so! Design after design, model after model, presentation after presentation... all within a short 6-month phase, and then it was built inside 13 months! And I still remember the RSC's sheer delight with the building - and the look on the audience’s faces walking into the first public performance.
Have you got a favourite memory from your career so far?
The above! Oh, and performing on stage at Leciester's DeMontford Hall... the cook, one speaking line!
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
Not all are great - they can't be, but there are qualities about them which 'work' - by which I mean work for actor, for audience and technically.
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