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k. paul luntsford, ASTC, LC
Paul is the president and principal consultant at PLA Designs. He has been a facilities design consultant since 1976 and has served as principal consultant and designer on numerous award winning local and national projects of every size and scope. Paul is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants and holds an LC credential from the NCQLP.
In addition to his knowledge of architecture and building construction, Paul has spent countless hours working in performing arts venues. He applies this experience to every project he designs in order to ensure the finished product is a joy for the owner, the patrons, and the technicians & actors who inherit the space.
robert r. smulling, ASTC
Robert serves as the Senior Theater Consultant and Senior Lighting Designer in PLA’s Seattle, Washington office.
Degrees in both technical theater and lighting design augment Robert’s ability to provide special consulting services to architects, engineers, and building owners in the design, equipment specification and construction of theaters, auditoria, television studios, and public assembly buildings.
matthew r. james
Matt James serves as our administration and financial director. Matt holds a bachelor of music performance in classical strings, with post-graduate work in finance administration.
Although Matt is primarily responsible for the financial operations of PLA Designs, he is also trained in CAD systems, Lightscape, modeling and project management. He has successfully completed the IES ED50, ED100, and ED150 lighting principle courses, and is a current member of the IES Oregon section.
christopher m. ochocki
Christopher joined PLA in 2007 with more than a decade of experience working in and managing facilities and technical systems in both performance and worship facilities.
He brings a wealth of skills and practical knowledge to his primary role as Associate Consultant In addition to his work on design projects Chris serves as the primary marketing contact for PLA, drawing from his background in marketing, web development, and graphic design. Chris studied Digital Media Production while attending The Art Institute of Portland.
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