Barton Myers (1934-): Civic Projects


Barton Myers was born in 1934 in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1952-1956 he attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. After serving as a pilot, stationed in the UK, Myers went back to school in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1964. Afer school, Myers found work as a draftsman for his former teacher, Louis I. Kahn, in Philadelphia. Two years later, in 1968, Myers launched his architectural career in Toronto, Canada, in partnership with A. J. Diamond. A. J. Diamond and Barton Myers became known especially for projects that promoted urbanism that preserved the life and scale of neighborhoods.

In 1975 Myers moved to Los Angeles, where he established the office of Barton Myers and Associates. He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, beginning in 1980 and was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Arizona State University.

In addition to his sensitive urban design projects, many of them competition entries, Myers established a reputation for his theater designs, including the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and a series of steel houses, including his own home in Santa Barbara.


Barton Myers, architect


Barton Myers papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.


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Collection Items

Barton Myers: Portland Performing Arts Center (Portland, Ore.)
The Portland Performing Arts Center was designed in association with BOOR/A and ELS Design Group. Myers designed two theaters, the 900-seat Newmark Theatre and the 360-seat Dolores Winningstad Theater, as well as offices, ticketing area, and support…

Barton Myers: Seagram Museum (Waterloo, Ont.)
For the Seagram Museum, Myers used the original nineteenth-century barrel warehouse, which had held up to 6000 barrels of whiskey, as part of the exhibition space. He also used wood beams from the warehouse to clad the new structures. At the time of…

Barton Myers:  A Grand Avenue proposal (Los Angeles, Calif.)
In 1980, the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency was planning to demolish the Bunker Hill area of the city and organized a competition for a team of architects to design a new urban center. A Grand Avenue proposal was created by developer…

Barton Myers: Phoenix Municipal Government Center (Phoenix, Ariz.)
The design competition for the civic center of Phoenix placed the main municipal buildings at the center of the city; the Myers plan incorporates the main arteries into how the architecture works with the surrounding area. The low-rise buildings were…

Barton Myers: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (Cerritos, Calif.)
The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts was the initial phase of building for the Cerritos Town Center development. The arts center was a grouping of buildings designed for theater performances, meetings, receptions, and other gatherings. The…

Barton Myers: Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ont.)
Myers renovated and expanded the Art Gallery-- renovating the existing 190,000 square feet of museum and adding another 100,000 square feet. The renovations included the re-working of buildings dating back to 1817, and to connect the various new and…

Barton Myers: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ)
With the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJ PAC), Myers created a multi-building center with theaters, conference rooms, and restaurants to connect existing parts of Newark (a Military Park and the Passaic River) with each other and the new venue.…

Barton Myers: U.S Pavilion for the World Expo in Seville (Seville, Spain)
For the United States Pavillion at the Universal Exposition of Seville (Expo 92) competition, Myers created a series of buildings connected by courtyards, with theaters, exhibition space, and a water wall, all capped by three 'shade sails' to provide…
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