It is with the greatest sadness that Arup advises the passing away of Mr. David I. Taylor. David was Arup’s global leader of Theatre Consulting, based in New York. David's untimely death occurred during a business visit to Taipei. He was starting a wonderful project that he had brought into Arup through his typical combination of skill, design flair, enthusiasm and commitment.

David was a major and much-loved international name in the theatre business, as an exceptional forward thinker and designer for the performing arts, theatre planner, technical systems consultant and active stage lighting designer.

David will be irreplaceable to Arup and to the theatre design industry, but most to his family, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

Arup set up a blog for thoughts and condolences (, posting photos and sharing remembrances of David. The blog will be shared with David’s family.

Live Design is greatly saddened by the unexpected death of dear friend David I. Taylor and joins Arup in offering condolences to David’s family. Please send us any memories you would like to share about David to and we will post on our site, and announce any details on a memorial service when available.