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

A sudy, renovation and expansion creates a cohesive, modern hub for the study of music & dance

Through a close partnership with faculty, staff, and the university planning department, Boora completed a study for and designed a renovation and expansion to the University of Oregon School of Music + Dance. The project united the existing complex, which was a collection of  facilities from different eras.

At the conclusion of the study, the team proposed a cost-effective mix of new construction and renovation of existing spaces. The first phase of improvements aligns two additions on the east edge of the complex, enclosing an existing courtyard and creating a dedicated outdoor environment for the school. A student hearth inside the more southern addition provides casual gathering space inside the building.

A large instrument rehearsal hall can easily be transformed using variable acoustic treatments into a jazz cabaret, a banquet venue, or 250-seat recital hall. A large window on its north façade and a continuous clerestory above offer views of the Southwest Campus Green and introduce diffuse daylight. The windows also allow internal activity to be broadcast to the campus.

Adjacent to the rehearsal hall is a master recording studio. Video and audio from jazz, choral, percussion and music education classrooms throughout the building are fed into the studio for mixing and final production.

A three story addition along the School’s southeastern edge contains classrooms, practice rooms and faculty studios. The ground floor is oriented north/south and encloses the courtyard, creating a large outdoor common space for the school. The second and third floors – rotated 90 degrees from the lower floor in order to minimize western exposure - house faculty studios and lounge space. Bay windows and built-in seating at each end of the building provide casual places for students to gather or wait for practice sessions with faculty. A small terrace looks over the courtyard from the third level.

Other university buildings

Earlham College Fine Arts Center Study

George Fox University Stevens Student Center

Harvey Mudd Colege Teaching & Learning Center

Linfield College Campus Master Plan

Linfield CollegeNicholson Library Adaptive Reuse

Linfield College Miller Fine Arts Center

Linfield College Bull Center for Music

Northern Arizona University College of Business Administration

Old Dominion University Diehn II Music Building and Monarch Theater

Pomona College Arts Facilities Master Plan

Pomona College Byron Seaver Teaching Theater

Portland State University Lincoln Hall Renovation

Stanford University Science and Engineering Quad Master Plan and Design Guidelines


Stanford University Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building

Stanford University Jen-Hsun Huang School of 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 Arts Facilities Improvement

University of California, Santa Cruz McHenry Library

University of California, Santa Cruz Digital Arts Facility Programming Study
Other cultural arts centers

BodyVox Center for Dance

Collin County Center for the Arts

Mesa Arts Center

Pomona College Seaver Theater

Portland Center for the Performing Arts

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Temporary Theater


University of New Mexico Fine Arts Center