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

Located on a prominent site in the central core of Mesa, Arizona, the Mesa Arts Center is the signature project for this growing city, the 40th largest city in the United States and the largest suburban city in the country.

The Mesa Arts Center provides an expansive performing arts program; creates a dynamic public space to host civic events; provides a catalyst for the redevelopment of the city's blighted downtown; and raises the city's identity among neighboring municipalities in the broader Phoenix region. Formerly a bedroom community, Mesa is now the cultural crossroads of Phoenix's East Valley.

A grand public landscape called the Shadow Walk arcs through the complex.  Using plantings to cast shadows on the surrounding hardscape and architecture, the Shadow Walk landscape participates in the drama of the park. A 300-foot-long water feature called the Arroyo is expressed as a dry creek bed lined in gold travertine tile and slices of lava rock.  Emulating the flash floods that shape natural arroyos, the water feature channels a shallow brook of water through the site, tempering the heat of the desert environment. A variety of small "parklets" supplement the grand outdoor promenade, offering spaces for solitude, for large- and small-group gathering, and for outdoor performances and exhibits.

The Mesa Arts Center's Performing Live series brings national and international artists to Mesa and East Valley regional audiences.  A four-theater performing arts building accommodates this expansive presenting program and sits on one half of the arts center site. Expressed as a folded glass plane, a shared lobby for the four theaters of the performing arts center parallels the Arroyo and offers views to the theaters during evening performances.  Horizontal fabric sunshades and an installation by artist Ned Kahn protect the lobbies from glare and solar gain during the day.

The four theaters that house the Mesa Arts Center's performing arts presenting program include the Ikeda Theater, a 1,600-seat multipurpose venue whose acoustic panels encircle audiences in a dynamic architectural environment inspired by the sculpted sandstone walls of Arizona’s desert canyons.

The 553-seat Piper Repertory Theater serves as the resident venue for Arizona Shakespeare Theater.  A 200-seat children's playhouse features a steep rake to its seating, so that children can see over children and adults sitting in rows in front of them.  A 100-seat studio theater serves as a black box venue, a rehearsal space, and a meeting room.

A studio arts education building housing 13 studios and administration spaces occupy the west side of the Mesa Arts Center site. The arts education building contains studios for ceramics, drawing, glasswork, printmaking, acting, music, sculpture, and lapidary. It is arranged in a series of stepped terraces and outdoor courtyards allowing the studios direct outdoor access. In a partnership with higher education, the Mesa Valley Community College offers its visual arts programs through the Mesa Arts Center, instructing students in the the center's studios.

An art in architecture program executed in conjunction with the design of the arts center integrates works by artists Beth Galston, Ned Kahn, and Catheine Widgery into the architecture of the complex.

A regional visual arts collector and presenter, Mesa Contemporary Arts occupies a 10,000-square-foot exhibit space located below the arts center's entry garden, providing temperature and solar contol for the sensitive works on display. The gallery curates works from its permanent collection and presents touring exhibitions.  Gallery support spaces include a lobby, a classroom, and curatorial and preparatorial space.  A sculpture court welcomes visitors entering the galleries through a stair tower or from the adjacent Shadow Walk.

Other arts centers

BodyVox Center for Dance

Collin County Center for the Arts

Lesher Regional 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

UT Permian Basin Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center
Selected publications

1000 X Architecture of the Americas
Braun Publishing, 2008

Award Winning Projects 2006
Urban Land Institute, October, 2006

Ceramics Monthly
"A Moving Experience: The New Mesa Arts Center," June-August, 2005

Desert Living
"Experience Art," March, 2006

Eco-Structure
"Building As Nature Does," April, 2006

Garden Design
"Outdoor Performance," November/December, 2008

Landscape Architecture
"Mesa, Martha, and the MAC," March, 2007

Lighting and Sound America
"The Mesa Multiplex," March, 2006

Parks & Recreation
"From Crabgrass to Art Glass," January, 2008


Sunset
"Southwest Day Trip: Mesa," February, 2007

Urban Land
"The Suburban Arts Center," December, 2005
Awards

Urban Land Institute
Award for Excellence, 2006

American Society of Landscape Architects
General Design Honor Award, 2007

International Interior Design Association
Honor Award, 2006

Valley Forward Association
Art in Public Places, 2006
Urban Plazas, 2005
Public Assembly Space, 2005