UCLA Royce Hall Renovation

University of California
Los Angeles, CA 

Royce Hall was one of the three original buildings of UCLA, erected in 1929. Its large auditorium began as a lecture hall with one balcony and an “after-thought” stagehouse. A major renovation to serve classical music and dance was completed in 1984 by MCH Principals. Acoustics, appearance, sightlines and theatrical function were improved greatly and Royce became a celebrated venue with symphonic acoustics among the best in the world. While Andre Previn conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it was the only venue in which he would record his orchestra. The 1994 Northridge earthquake stimulated making the hall better yet for both symphony and speech via variable acoustics. Royce reopened in May 1998 with all design goals accomplished. MCH designed all acoustics and AV systems. The hall now serves increasingly eclectic fare.

  • 1800 seat Concert Hall (variable acoustics)

  • $85M Construction Cost

Architect: Barton Phelps, FAIA  with Anshen + Allen
Completion: 2006