Project Team

To maximize collaboration in support of a building that advances Brown’s vision for the performing arts, the University is employing integrated project delivery (IPD) for the PAC. Through this approach, the University, architect, contractors and subcontractors work together through all phases of the project, resulting in an effective, efficient and highly collaborative planning, design and building process. ​

Principals Group

A Principals Group representing key units at Brown and the project’s architect (REX) and contractor (Shawmut) guides progress, oversees project health and directs a wide range of project contributors through the IPD approach. Members include:

University Planning

  • Russell Carey, Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy
  • Rod Beresford, Associate Provost for Academic Space

Facilities Management

  • Michael Guglielmo, Vice President for Facilities Management
  • Paul Dietel, Assistant Vice President, Planning, Design and Construction
  • Anthony Casello, Director of Design and Construction
  • Craig Barton, University Architect
  • John Cooke, Program Manager

Brown Arts Initiative

  • Thalia Field, Faculty Director
  • Chira Delsesto, Associate Director


  • Joshua Ramus, Founder and Principal
  • Adam Chizmar, Designer and Project Lead
  • Maur Dessauvage, Director

Shawmut Design and Construction

  • Ron Simoneau, Vice President, New England Institutional
  • Joubin Hassanein, Director, New England Group
  • Peter L'Hommedieu, Senior Project Manager

About the Architect

In May 2017, Brown selected the award-winning architecture firm REX to design the PAC. With a portfolio that includes pioneering cultural buildings such as the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center site in New York, and the Seattle Central Library, REX is known for its imaginative approach to cultural buildings.

REX is an internationally acclaimed firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently challenges and advances building typologies and promotes the agency of architecture. The firm is a diverse think-tank of 30 carefully selected professionals, each trained in design, management and technical issues. All projects are led by Joshua Ramus, founder and principal, who builds a direct relationship with each REX client.

REX’s work has been recognized with the profession’s top accolades, including two AIA National Honor Awards, a U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology National Honor Award, an American Library Association National Building Award, two American Council of Engineering Companies’ National Gold Awards, Time magazine’s Building of the Year, and numerous AIA New York, ArchDaily, Architect/Progressive Architecture, Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Review/MIPIM, Architizer and Wallpaper design awards. In 2017, REX was named one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Architecture by Fast Company.

Additional Project Partners

Shawmut Design and Construction, a national construction management firm that has successfully completed more than 200 projects on the Brown University campus, serves as contractor for the PAC. Among recent projects on the Brown campus, Shawmut served as contractor for the Engineering Research Center, another project that used an IPD approach.

Major contributors on performance space design and acoustics, respectively, include Theatre Projects Consultants and Threshold Acoustics.

In addition, Brown, REX and Shawmut have consulted and partnered with a wide range of consultants on everything from landscape design to civil engineering to acoustics to geothermal design. They include: Arup, Atelier Ten, Cost Plus, Front, GEI, Jensen Hughes, Lerch Bates, L’Observatoire, Magnusson Klemencic, Odeh, Skyline Group, Stephen Turner, Stimson, Thornton Tomasetti, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, and Woodard and Curran.

Trade partners include: Aero Mechanical, Arden Engineering, EW Audet, Gala Systems, HB Welding, Johnson Controls, Ocean Steel, Professional Audio Design, Pook Diemont and Ohl / Texas Scenic, Strafach, Sweeney Drywall, Synet, and Worcester Air.