Schuler Shook Announces Two New Principals

by Michael Eddy
Jim Hultquist, ASTC, LEED AP, Principal; Paul Whitaker, LEED AP, Principal.
Jim Hultquist, ASTC, LEED AP, Principal; Paul Whitaker, LEED AP, Principal.

Theater consulting firm, Schuler Shook announce the promotion of two talented, dedicated staff members to Principal. Paul Whitaker, LEED AP and Jim Hultquist, ASTC, LEED AP have both been promoted to Principals in the firm.

Based in Schuler Shook’s Minneapolis office, Whitaker’s diverse experience in both architectural lighting design and theater 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 Theater Consultant. He became a Senior Theater 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 well as consult on some of today’s best spaces for performance. Paul’s promotion stems from his true leadership at Schuler Shook,” says Michael DiBlasi, ASTC, Partner and Practice Leader in Schuler Shook’s Minneapolis office. Whitaker’s significant projects in theater 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.

Based in Schuler and Shook’s Melbourne office, Hultquist joined Schuler Shook as a Project Theater Consultant in 2009, working with Robert Shook to start the firm’s Melbourne office. Hultquist became a Senior Theater Consultant in 2012, after the successful completion of the Hamer Hall refurbishment and his work in developing a strong and lasting presence in Australia. Jim now leads a team that offers theater, 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,” says 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.

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