Paolo Ribichesu

BIM Architect

Paolo Ribichesu, Chris Needle

Paolo joined Theatreplan in March 2016, where his initial focus was on creating 3D models for a 16,000-seat arena in Macau. He now also supports the design team on a range of other projects. Born in Italy, Paolo studied architecture at the Politecnico di Torino where he graduated in 2004. He gained extensive experience as an architectural assistant both in Italy and Spain, before moving to the UK. 

With a passion for CAD design and 3D modelling, he has always been interested in the convergence of design and technology. Paolo describes his work as a good combination between his artistic interests and technical ideas.

He has strengthened his knowledge in recent years, through regular continuous professional development, including attending a BIM specialisation course.

Paolo’s architectural background means there are obvious synergies when collaborating with Architects on a project. Although his role is not typically face to face with clients, working through the BIM model he collaborates with people in an interesting way. It’s possible to be on a different continent but able to effectively work with partners and share information. He also likes that Revit, in particular, contains the information about the timescale of a product, so he can give the client information they are able to use to assist them through the lifespan of the building project.

Paolo has recently completed work for the Conservatoire at Technological University Dublin, and for Sydney Opera House, where he was able to undertake a site visit in 2018, as part of his familiarisation with the project.

Current Position
BIM Architect

Joined Theatreplan
2016

Qualifications
M.Arch ARB
2017 Autodesk Revit Architecture Certified Professional

Relevant Projects

Exterior Dublin Institute of Technology
Technological University Dublin
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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney
Sydney Opera House
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Kings Theatre Edinburgh
King's Theatre, Edinburgh
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Esplanade Singapore
Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
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About Us

Theatreplan is a specialist technical design consultancy, helping to create amazing spaces for performance, around the world.

What We Do

What We Do
We provide the complete range of venue and auditorium planning, and technical design services, including lighting, sound, stage engineering,
AV, digital and communications. We cover all stages of a project, from feasibility and concept design, right through to construction and opening night.

We help design new spaces for performance, wherever live or digital content is shown and created, from concert halls and school theatres, to cinemas and motion capture studios. We also help refurbish historic theatres, and work with some of the world’s largest and most complex performance venues to upgrade their technical facilities.

Our Approach
Your vision, for your performance space, provides the focus for our work. We will closely collaborate with you, and other specialists when working as part of a design team, so we understand what you really need from your space. We will be honest with you about what we think is achievable and the best ways to go about delivering your vision. We will suggest new ideas that may not have been considered before and discuss these ideas with you to ensure they meet your requirements.

Why Choose Theatreplan?
For over 35 years we have designed award winning performing arts venues, and re-imagined existing spaces, for clients around the world. Our specialist venue planners and auditorium designers help create beautiful, bespoke performance spaces, while our stage engineers, lighting, sound, AV and communications consultants, can provide cutting edge technical infrastructure design, having gained their knowledge and expertise through years of experience working in theatres.

We understand practitioners, and what creatives, directors, performers, and technicians need to make their performances thrill, excite and move audiences, with dynamic, flexible spaces that cater for the many and varied requirements for performance today.

We know what audiences want from a venue and how to make that a reality

We always factor in the needs of operators to ensure venues are sustainable for the future.

And we prioritise environmental sustainability throughout every stage of a project, to bring innovative solutions that support sustainable development.

We have an absolute commitment to ensuring client satisfaction and an engaging, fun, and genuinely collaborative approach to the creative process.

We can’t wait to hear about your project. Call us on +44 (0) 20 7841 0440 or get in touch via email: info@theatreplan.com

Our Team

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Directors
Consultants
Architects/Technical
Operations
Associates
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Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson
Executive Director
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Dave Ludlam
Dave Ludlam
Executive Director
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Mathew Smethurst-Evans
Mathew Smethurst-Evans
Executive Director
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Matt Kingslake
Matt Kingslake
Consultant
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Chris Needle
Chris Needle
Consultant and BIM Manager
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Chris Pye
Chris Pye
Senior Associate
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John Whitaker
John Whitaker
Founder Consultant
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Roger Fox
Roger Fox
Founder Consultant
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Kit Lerman
Kit Lerman
Consultant and Head of Audio, Video, Broadcast
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Jibril Muhammad
Jibril Muhammad
Junior Consultant
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Bosco Tan
Bosco Tan
Senior Associate
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Peter Crockett
Peter Crockett
Stage Engineer
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Lara Kerrison
Lara Kerrison
Architect and Theatre Planner
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Barry Pritchard
Barry Pritchard
Senior Associate
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Paolo Ribichescu
Paolo Ribichesu
BIM Architect
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Andrea Sinigaglia
Andrea Sinigaglia
BIM Architect
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Anniek Wassser
Anniek Wasser
Senior Associate
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Amy Hickson
Amy Hickson
Practice Coordinator
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Helen Walker
Helen Walker MBE
Director of Operations

Our Partnerships

Theatreplan is proud to support the following sector organisations

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