Aspiration & Achievement

An artful renovation of a mid-century music center elevates the practice and experience of musical performance.


2018 AIA Spokane Chapter Design Awards, Honor Award

2018 AIA Spokane Chapter Design Awards, Craftsmanship Award

2017 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, Merit Award

2017 Masonry Industry Promotions Group, Excellence in Masonry Honor Award


An updated mid-century music center is a duet between music and architectural form bridging the gap between two eras of architecture. The University desired to elevate the campus’ visual musical experience while providing community outreach opportunities with a timeless and engaging instructional facility.

This renovation and addition provide rehearsal and performance spaces – neither of which existed previously – as well as practice studio space, administrative areas, and student study areas. A clear and functional addition blends with the existing music building while extending a contiguous layout. Illustrative of the program it houses, the addition takes its cues from the unique and artistic qualities that music offers, not only shaping the architecture, but also complementing and improving the existing building.

A new entry with soaring glass walls reconfigured to the surrounding buildings and shared greenspace better connects the building to the campus.