Learn to Speak 'Architect': A Guide to Talking to Your A/E Design Team and Contractor

  • Room: 122
Thursday, March 15, 2018: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Ben Gutierrez
Senior Electrical Designer
HGA Architects and Engineers
Fritz Schwentker
Associate, ASTC
Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc
Leighton Deer
HGA Architects and Engineers
Rebecca Krull Kraling
Arts Specialist / Project Manager
HGA Architects and Engineers


A panel of design professionals will discuss good tips and techniques for communicating with an Architect/Engineer (A/E) team. This will include a description of the A/E team’s design process and definitions of commonly used terms. Theatres and places of performance have very specific needs and goals in design. No one understands those needs better than the end-user. The panel will prepare anyone to be an active part of the design process. Attendees are asked to bring their questions about how to talk to A/E professionals about their theatres.

This session qualifies for 1.50 AIA/HSW/CEU credits


Learning Objectives

1. Describe the A/E team’s design process for theater and other performing arts projects.
2. Define and use common A/E team design terminology and how they relate to theater and performing arts terminology.
3. Identify the members of the A/E design team and describe how they work together.
4. Explain the information needed for the A/E design team to effectively design a theater or performing arts space.

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