PGAV Destinations vice president to bring leadership, insights, and experience
(St. Louis, MO – September 10, 2013) – PGAV Destinations VP Al Cross will bring together top industry talent and current issues as the Architecture Segment Chair of the Themed Entertainment Association’s (TEA) Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, and Experience (SATE) 2013 Conference in Savannah, GA October 3-4.
With this year’s theme of “What’s Next,” the 7th annual SATE conference will bring together professionals from around the world involved in experience design – from initial concept through opening day – to “stimulate dialog among the makers of compelling places and guest experiences.” Attendees and session leaders will learn about breakthrough projects, challenge and inspire ideas and concepts, share best practices and trends, and discover collaborative opportunities at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
The Architecture Segment of this year’s SATE conference will kick off on Thursday, October 3 with a tremendous line-up. Recently joined Chuck Hoberman of Hoberman Associates, an individual and the pinnacle crossroads of art, architecture, and engineering, will provide lessons and insights from his work on Transformable Design and Adaptable Building. As Al Cross states, “I have always believed that an architect’s role demands the purposeful use of materials and constructs to manipulate feeling, evoke emotion, and control the movement of light in a place – this is where I find the work of Chuck Hoberman.” Mr. Cross will also be facilitating a roundtable discussion Delivering Story: Architecture’s Role, which will focus on the ways in which architecture can deliver story without overwhelming it.
The keynote address will be delivered by Entertainment and Technology Center’s founder Don Marinelli from Carnegie Mellon.
Having just celebrated his 20th anniversary with PGAV Destinations, VP Al Cross’s most recent work can be seen at under-construction Chimelong Ocean Kingdom on Hengqin Island, Discovery Cove in Orlando, FL, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, and Baha Mar in the Bahamas. He has most recently been featured on The Season Pass Podcast, the Business of Architecture Podcast, and is a regular contributor to the PGAV Destinations blog.
TEA Media Contact: Judith Rubin, (314) 853-5210
About PGAV Destinations
PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now in its fifth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects. No other firm offers such an integrated approach to destination planning.
PGAV’s key clients include industry leaders such as Delaware North Companies, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the Biltmore Companies, Bass Pro Shops, Ameristar Casinos, Universal Studios, The Gettysburg Foundation, the Saint Louis Zoo, and many others. Recent assignments include planning and design at many of the world’s “must see” destinations, including the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Hearst Castle, the Georgia Aquarium, the Hoover Dam, and SeaWorld Adventure Parks. www.PGAVDestinations.com
About the TEA
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Its members bring the experience of engaging storytelling and entertainment to a vast number of casinos, restaurants, retail stores, museums, zoos, theme parks and an ever-growing list of destinations that aim to bring a higher level of visitor experiences world wide.
The TEA provides the proper channels and opportunities to network, educate and help businesses and careers grow. http://www.teaconnect.org/