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DIANE CHO

Quinn Evans

SAY IT LOUD - MARYLAND Exhibitor
Maryland Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?
 
I have had the good fortune of working with some amazing artistic directors in the museum and theater worlds; Rebecca Hoffberger, Kwame Kwei Armah, Vince Lancisi and Chris Bedford to name a few. They were all creative risk takers!

DIANE CHO

Bio:

The great designer, Diane's 40 year career, first as a founding principal of her own firm and now as a principal with Quinn Evans, has focused her portfolio on the cultural realm of theaters and museums. Believing in the arts as a catalyst for community revitalization, she has helped to position and celebrate the arts as a vital ingredient in the life of strong and vibrant cities. Many award winning projects are a testament to her ability to work closely with clients in celebrating their mission.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

My father suggested the field when I was a teenager because he knew I like to draw and was drawn to cities in general. So I applied to Cornell where I received my B Arch degree during the Colin Rowe years.

What do you do?

I am a principal with Quinn Evans focusing on arts-related projects from small community arts centers to major museums and theaters.

What excites you in the work you do?

I love projects that are meant to be enjoyed by people no matter the age, gender or race--in fact ones that are meant to draw diverse audiences and to showcase the work of diverse artists

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I have had the good fortune of working with some amazing artistic directors in the museum and theater worlds; Rebecca Hoffberger, Kwame Kwei Armah, Vince Lancisi and Chris Bedford to name a few. They were all creative risk takers!

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My proudest achievement is founding a women owned firm with Barbara Wilks in 1980, keeping it going until it was sold in 2017, and being able to employ and mentor so many talented individuals.

Featured Project Name: 

Baltimore Center Stage

Featured Project Location: 

Baltimore, Maryland

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

January 2017

Role in Featured Project: 

Principal in Charge

 

Featured Project Description:

The adaptive re-use of an historic building, Center Stage represents the transformative renovation and addition of 105,000 s.f. into 3 major theater venues seating 540, 426 and 99 seats respectively. State-of-the-art audiovisual and lighting effects permeate the design, combining an historic backdrop with 21st century technology and enabling the Theater's stagecraft to spill into public spaces. A new plaza, marquee and entryway creates a dynamic sense of arrival and strong street presence.

Photography Credit:

Karl Connolly