January 13, 2021

Woodrow Wilson Visual and Performing Arts Center Secures AIA San Fernando Valley Design Award

We are thrilled to share our design for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Woodrow Wilson Visual and Performing Arts Center has been recognized with a 2020 AIA San Fernando Valley design award.

The Visual and Performing Arts Center will be an entirely new building on the Woodrow Wilson High School campus that completes and revitalizes a late work by Paul Williams that has great significance to the El Sereno community. Though separate from the existing building, the center relates to it both formally and organizationally.

The new building introduces remarkable opportunities for collaboration, multi-dimensional use, and immediate- and long-term adaptability. The 14,000 sf center includes a performance classroom, drama space with platform, dance and choral classroom and an amphitheater with all necessary support space. The building atrium is designed to act as a gallery for student work.

The project is oriented around a “high performance” design approach to enhance user health and performance, reduce operating costs, and provide the most sustainable and environmentally friendly project possible. The building is situated within an active campus landscape and the surrounding environment supports opportunities for performance, study and reflection.

The Woodrow Wilson Visual and Performing Arts Center is a dynamic design collaboration with our Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign.