Our website is in 'previews'

Thank you for visiting PLA Designs.

We are Theater Planners and Lighting Designers.

Our website is being updated with an all new design, and new exciting features, which we can't wait to share with you.

Though our digital stage hands are are hard at work backstage getting ready for our website's next act, we're pulling back the curtain ever so slightly to preview some of the exciting changes coming soon. Feel free to look around, and let us know what you think via our social media accounts, all linked below. We'll see you back here soon!


With over 30 years in business, our extensive portfolio features projects ranging in size from 100 to 18,000 seats - and all sizes in-between.

Our key individuals bring an array of professional expertise in construction design and consulting as well as decades of on-the-ground experience in the industry. Three of our staff have are members of the prestegious American Society of Theatre Consultants.

We've served as teachers, led seminars, designed and installed systems, trained users, and developed new theater products. We’ve studied structures, interiors, acoustics, architecture, HVAC, electrical systems, networks, fabrics and the psychology of the human mind in assembly environments. We’ve performed in plays, built sets, played in professional orchestras, and spent long hours cutting gels.

Working professionally in the office and in the field with dozens of leading architectural firms, we would be proud to bring our skills, experience, and creativity to support your next project.

At Your Service

Our key staff have over 80 years of combined experience in theatrical consulting. We are well versed in all areas of performance space consulting & technical systems design for performing arts spaces.


The majority of projects we design are done collaboratively with talented teams of architects, engineers, & other design team members. Because performance venues are complex spaces with unique needs, we work closely with the other members of the design team to ensure that the building infrastructure works holistically with the purpose of the venue.

Pre-Design & Programming

Early engagement is vital to ensure the sucess of your project.


Whether you are planning a state of the art new facility, or renovating an existing historic gem, we can help guide you through the early stages of any project to set it up for success.

Space Planning

Question: What's the most commonly identified  difference between a venue loved by patrons, performers & technicians, and a venue those same groups love to hate?


Answer: The spatial relationships of the areas in which those groups watch, perform, and work.

Technical System

We have designed everything from intimate studio theatre spaces, to large performing arts centers packed with leading edge technology.


Our philosophy is to design forward looking technical systems, without compromising ease of use for end users.

Theatre Consulting

Our approach is holistic. The majority of the work we do, will never be seen on Contract Documents or Deliverables.


Our job is to translate the language of performing arts into the language of architecture and construction.

Let's Get In Touch

We are working hard get our new website completed. Until then, please connect with us using any of the methods below.

On Social Media

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By Email

Email us today!



By Phone

PLA Portland

(503) 642-2168


PLA Seattle

(206) 257-2251

By Mail

PLA Portland

5285 NE Elam Young Parkway

Suite B500

Hillsboro, OR 97124


PLA Seattle

4914 55th Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98118