Boora Architects

People Make Buildings

Arts Centers
Campus Buildings
Civic Buildings
Custom Homes
K-12 Schools
Mixed Use
Planning
Renovation
Sustainability
Workplaces
Bodyvox Dance Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mesa Arts Center
Old Dominion University - GoodeTheatre
PICA 2004 Temporary Theater
PICA 2005 Temporary Art Center
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Scripps College - Music Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
UTPB-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech - Integrated Arts Center
Walton Arts Center
Community College of Denver
Dartmouth College Hopkins Arts Center
Earlham College Fine Arts Complex
Earlham College Science Building
Harvey Mudd College - Learning Building
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Michigan State - Cook Recital Hall
Old Dominion University - GoodeTheatre
Oregon State Univ - Classroom Building
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Scripps College - Music Building
Stanford - Knight Management Center
Stanford - Nano Engineering Center
Stanford - Huang Engineering Center
Stanford--BioE-ChemE Building
Stanford - Y2E2 Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
UC Santa Cruz - McHenry Library
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
UTPB-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech - Integrated Arts Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
McMinnville Courts/Council Building
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Vernonia K-12 School
Boles/Kahle Beach House
Boora Beach House
360° House
The Step House
Kitchel Residence
The Tower House
Coastal Residence
Baker Prairie Middle School
Beaverton School District
Central Catholic High School Expansion
Clackamas High School
Crystal Springs Upland School
David Douglas Early Learning Center
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
Vernonia K-12 School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
HOYT Block 15 Condominiums
The Encore Condominiums
The Metropolitan Condominiums
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Collin County Center for the Arts
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Bodyvox Dance Center
Boora's Office Renovation
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
Scripps College - Music Building
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
UC Santa Cruz - McHenry Library
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
Baker Prairie Middle School
Boora's Office Renovation
Clackamas High School
North Pearl District Master Plan
One Waterfront Place Office Building
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Stanford - Knight Management Center
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Vernonia K-12 School
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Boora's Office Renovation
Corporate Dining - Japanese Cafe
Corporate Lobby Renovation & Sky Lounge
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
FINE Design Group
Flexible High Tech Office Design
LEED Platinum Office Improvement
Cloud Computing Offices & Amenities
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
High Tech Human Resources
High Tech Office Redesign
Literary Arts
One Waterfront Place Office Building
The Metropolitan Condominiums

The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center opened in the fall of 2011.  It serves the performing arts needs of Midland and Odessa, Texas and functions as a performance, convocation and education venue for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The architectural design of the new center is rooted in the landscape of West Texas, inspired by its geologic strata and its endless skies.

Challenged by civic leaders and the university administration to bring the communities of Midland and Odessa together to share a new a performing arts center with the university, Boora’s design team searched for the essential qualities that define the region. Two elements emerged: the ancient rock strata containing the largest deposit of oil in the US and the endless high sky. The former is the source of the region’s petroleum economy, while the latter evokes the community’s optimistic outlook engendered by a history of oil prospecting.

The architecture is formed conceptually by the two elements - strata and sky. The walls of rough-hewn local limestone dramatically rise from the Earth like heaving rock layers, while gleaming volumes containing the performance venues are clad in stainless steel to reflect and merge with the colors and patterns of the dynamic sky. The result is a structure that looms on the horizon with a scale responsive to the powerful West Texas landscape.

Lifting the mass of the limestone wall heightens the dramatic arrival experience and reinforces the lobby’s connection with the public entry plaza. The perforations of the wall offer glimpses of activity in the lobby and views of the dynamic sky while filling the interior with light.

A shared lobby supports the Wagner Noël Center’s main multi-use performance hall and its flexible recital hall.  The lobby will itself serve multiple functions, offering a gathering space for use during performances while also providing adequate clear space for banquets and other special events, served by a catering kitchen and cocktail service stations. Drink ledges made of illuminated resin occur at the railings, and benches integrated into the windows allow patrons a variety of comfort provisions.

The 1800-seat multi-purpose hall has the flexibility to accommodate performances ranging from symphony concerts to rock shows, from touring Broadway productions to ballet. The university’s academic uses of the space will include lectures, convocations and other large campus gatherings. Variable acoustic elements include a demountable orchestra shell, a retractable acoustic canopy, acoustic reflectors at the ceiling and 9,000 square feet of adjustable acoustic drapery. An underfloor air distribution system provides climate control that uses significantly less energy while reducing acoustical interference from a traditional fan system.

The recital hall features world-class acoustics for intimate performances, yet its retractable telescoping riser seating allows the space to convert to a flat-floor venue for lectures, banquets and meetings. An adjacent recording suite allows student and professional productions to be captured for distribution. Skylights at the ceiling allow daylight to wash down the room’s sculptural acoustic panels and flood the space with light.

Other arts centers

BodyVox Center for Dance

Collin County Center for the Arts

Mesa Arts Center

Northwest Museum of Art and Culture

Pomona College Seaver Theater

Portland Center for the Performing Arts

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Temporary Theater

Scripps College Music Building & Performing Arts Center

University of New Mexico Fine Arts Center

UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Arts

UT Austin Bass Performance Hall
Other university buildings

Earlham College Fine Arts Center Study

George Fox University Stevens Student Center

Linfield College Campus Master Plan, Nicholson Library Adaptive Reuse, Miller Fine Arts Center, and Bull Center for Music

Northern Arizona University Franke College of Business

Old Dominion University Diehn II Music Building and Monarch Theater

Stanford University Science and Engineering Quad Master Plan and Design Guidelines

Stanford University Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building

Stanford University Huang Engineering Center

Stanford University Nanoscience and Technology Building

Stanford University Graduate School of Business

University of Alaska, Southeast Egan Library

University of California, Santa Cruz McHenry Library