By the time Joshua Prince-Ramus was hired to design what is now called the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, Charcoalblue, a theater design firm with studios in New York and London, had already come up with a layout for the building's three performance venues.
Architects sometimes bristle at overly prescriptive consultants. “We told Joshua he could pull it apart and start over,” said Maggie Boepple, the director of the center. Prince-Ramus reported that he tried to do just that. But eventually, he says, he saw the strengths of the Charcoalblue scheme, and focused on giving it physical form.