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May 19, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PDT

$20.00 – $55.00


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Arch Tour Fest: John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Center – 3:30pm

Additional information regarding the tour and check-in process will be emailed directly to registrants 24 hours before the event.

Tour Organizer: Jullianne Medrano / Michael Hendron

The project serves as a neighborhood and community hub, built around its primary function as a performing arts center for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in collaboration with Santa Monica College. The program includes an 800 seat multi-purpose hall and stage, backstage support spaces, a multi-use rehearsal room, a music rehearsal room, and lobby, arranged around a shared courtyard. The building siting and massing are configured to maximize integrated programmatic use between the facilities’ diverse constituencies to create an open and inviting destination connected to the community. Equally important was how the building responded passively to environmental conditions of sound, wind, and sun, and celebrated the unique atmospheres of its place within a visual language that harmonized with the existing campus. Exterior glazing systems were maximized for flexibility to support an expanded range of indoor/outdoor uses coupled with landscape strategies that enhanced the urban forestry agendas of the broader city.


Building Credits:

Architect: HGA

General Contractor: Bernards

Interiors: HGA

Structural Engineer: Brandow & Johnston

Civil Engineer: KPFF


Acoustics: McKay Conant Hoover

Theater Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander

Landscape: Carter, Romanek


Tour Led by:

John Frane AIA, LEED AP BD+C – Design Principal, HGA


John is a Design Principal at HGA focused on high-design arts, cultural, and education projects. He combines invention and artistic sensitivity to every project, from large-scale public venues to small-scale art commissions for leading national clients. John’s work has won numerous design awards and has been published widely in top media, including the Los Angeles Times and FORM. He teaches at the University of Southern California School of Architecture and previously taught at UC Berkeley and Tulane University as a distinguished visiting faculty.


Michael Hendron, RA, LEED AP BD+C – Project Architect, HGA


Michael is a licensed architect with over 15 years of experience in all phases of design through construction on a wide variety of project types, sizes and delivery methods. He focuses primarily on Higher Education and is committed to a lasting collaborative process from the beginning of a project, ensuring owner satisfaction and a high-quality end product. Michael is passionate about design excellence and brings real-world construction experience to the process while also infusing his passions for art and culture in each project.


Learning Objectives:

Designing For Community Needs

Building Design

Site Design

Lighting, Acoustics

Safety & Security Measures


Parking Information:

Metered parking along Pearl St.


May 19, 2023
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PDT
$20.00 – $55.00
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John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Center
2425 16th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405 United States
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