Colburn School Campus Expansion

The Colburn School has announced Frank Gehry will design an ambitious expansion of our campus in Downtown Los Angeles. The multi-venue new building will heighten Colburn’s presence in a cultural corridor that includes Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center, MOCA, and The Broad, making Grand Avenue one of the largest concentrations in the world of performing- and visual arts organizations.

Colburn’s campus expansion will include state-of-the-art performance venues—a 1,100-seat concert hall, a 700-seat studio theater, and a 100-seat cabaret-style space—that will give Colburn its first hall for full-size orchestra performances, a venue for its burgeoning dance program and for opera, and a range of options to meet the demand of partner institutions and community stakeholders. The expansion will also include much-needed classroom, rehearsal, and housing spaces for the growing Colburn community.

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Frank Gehry Selected to Design

Gehry, the world-renowned Founder and Principal of Gehry Partners, joins an all-star, all-LA team for the project, which will add four extraordinary new performance venues to Downtown, as well as classrooms and rehearsal space and student and faculty housing.

Joining Gehry will be Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, the acoustician for Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Michael Ferguson of TheatreDNA, who, as a member of Theatre Projects, consulted on Gehry’s New World Center in Miami. Click the image to download high-res jpeg of Gehry.

Press Contact: Lisa Bellamore |


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