Chapter 2Project Roles

The last chapter briefly introduced the three major players in the planning and construction of a theater—owner, architect, and builder. On very small projects, each of these roles might be filled by an individual, but on most projects each role involves tens or even hundreds of individuals. And on almost all projects, each role has its own organizational structure and sub-roles. The architect, for example, has collaborating consultants and engineers. The builder has subcontractors.

Major Roles


The owner has a vision to fulfill—and a theater building has been identified as the means to that end. The owner’s motivation may be as prosaic as the need to replace an aging facility, as aspirational as the desire to transform ...

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