Client Santa Monica College

Theatre Arts Building

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica College’s Theater Arts building conforms to the master plan intent of interconnected urban design with outdoor space. Distinguished by a unique origami-like folded plane metal roof, the building embodies the signature individuality of the Theatre Arts program. Displaying an industrial aesthetic, the building exterior is wrapped in a matte silver, corrugated metal skin combined with tilt-up concrete walls, clear glass, and a standing-seam metal roof. The facility is an award-winning, dramatic centerpiece of the evolving campus and includes a 264-seat theater with full backstage capabilities, an experimental “black box” performance space, lobby, box office, gift shop, dressing rooms, classrooms, and offices. The theater and classrooms greatly expand the department’s teaching capabilities and reinforce the highly-regarded program’s presence on campus.

At a glance

20,000 SF

264-Seat Theatre




Los Angeles Architecture Award
New Buildings
Los Angeles Business Council

Best of the Year Award
Performing Arts Facility
SCDF Design Award
Southern California Development Forum

Unique Roof Profile



Architectural Design

"We are pleased to recognize LEO A DALY for their contribution to enhancing the world-class level of contemporary architecture in Los Angeles. It is the talent and creativity of their entire project team that makes development of this high quality and aesthetic appeal possible."


students were accepted and 2 students wait listed in 8 consecutive years to Julliard.


Santa Monica College is the leading transfer school to the University of California system, USC and Loyola Marymount and the leading transfer school to the combined UC and CSU systems.


students are enrolled in the college.