Grimshaw and Little to Design Art Center for Santa Monica College

A design by British architects Grimshaw and North Carolina-based Little Diversified Architectural Consulting won a competition for an arts complex at Santa Monica College (SMC).

Located on Pico Boulevard, the duo’s proposal creates spaces that can facilitate new ways of learning, including multi-purpose spaces for teaching, studying and relaxing.

The SMC Arts Complex opened in 1950 and is now at full capacity in two separate buildings, which will be merged into one.

Andrew Byrne, Grimshaw Partner, said: “We are honored to have been selected to provide a new arts complex at Santa Monica College. It is an incredible opportunity to develop and extend the reach of such a renowned artistic institution. We share SMC’s ambitions to create a flexible and adaptable community space that facilitates collaboration and, most importantly, makes people feel inspired and welcome. “

Rita Carter, Director of Little Higher Education Studio, said, “We strive to go beyond architecture and into the heart of campuses and communities to create thriving environments that foster student success, and we are delighted to be working in conjunction with Grimshaw to provide Santa Monica College with a decisive, in-depth and bold design approach to achieving the school’s aspirations. “

Images courtesy of Grimshaw & Little


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Joseph E. Golightly