Dr Dorita Hannah is an architect and trans-disciplinary practitioner-scholar who collaborates with performers, artists, designers & communities to co-conceive, design and direct events, installations, exhibits, objects and spaces as well as the creation of cultural environments, particularly architecture for the visual and performing arts. She also focuses on interdisciplinary postgraduate research centered on public space, performance practices and sociopolitical design, particularly through the concept of ‘event-space’: demonstrating via design work and scholarly publications that the built environment housing an event or performance is itself an event and an integral driver of experience.
Her creative work has gained NZIA and DINZ awards as well as a UNESCO Laureate (1999) and World Stage Design medals (2009). She publishes on practices that negotiate between art, architecture and performance, including co-editing an anthology on Performance Design and the themed issue on Performance/Architecture for the JAE (Journal of Architectural Education). Dr Hannah is a director of PSi (Performance Studies International) and the Chair of OISTAT's Research Commission (International Organization for Scenographers, Theatre Architects & Technicians).