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John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Center Wins LA Urban Design Award

John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Center is recognized for demonstrate excellence in city making and community building by Westside Urban Forum.

The John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Center won a Citation in the Westside Urban Forum awards.

Extending along the public face of the John Adams Middle School campus, the new Performing Arts Center establishes a strong visual identity for the school. The openness of The Center’s design reflects the goal of creating a thriving, active hub that promotes community building around the arts and facilitates interaction between students, faculty, artists, and the  community. Performance and rehearsal spaces open to outdoor courtyard spaces that acknowledge the character of the existing campus and take advantage of the temperate climate to create flexible spaces for informal gathering. In addition to serving its host campus, the Center supports Santa Monica College as a venue for its arts and educational programming, strengthening the relationship between the two schools. The design integrates the needs of both college and middle school, resulting in an inspiring incubator for students to explore and develop their artistic voices.

About the Award

The Westside Urban Forum recognizes excellence in city making and community building within Los Angeles County. The jury shared, “It plays with large volumes, geometric shapes –we like how those are juxtaposed with the skylights and apertures to the streets.”

For more information, visit Westside Urban Forum.