Barton Myers (1934- )


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
A. J. Diamond and Barton Myers Architects
Barton Myers Associates, architects


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


circa 1956 - circa 2010


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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…

Barton Myers: Moses Myers house (Norfolk, Vir.)
The Moses Myers House is a historic house museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Barton Myers' ancestors built the house in 1792 and maintained the house through the years.

Barton Myers portrait
This portrait of Barton Myers was taken early in his career in Toronto, Canada outside the residence he designed for himself and his family.

Barton Myers student drawing
This interior drawing is one of Barton Myers' early student projects. Myers went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture and studied under Louis Kahn. He graduated in 1964.

Barton Myers: Myers house (Toronto, Ont.)
Barton Myers designed and built his first residence for himself at 19 Berryman in Toronto. At the time he was partners in the firm A.J. Diamond and Barton Myers Architects. The house was an infill project on a narrow vacant lot. Myers designed the…

Barton Myers: Myers house (Montecito, Calif.)
Myers personal home in the Toro Canyon area of Montecito, sits on 38 acres of canyon land which backs up to the Los Padres National Forest. The house was designed so that if a wildfire were to threaten the structure, the metal walls would provide…

Barton Myers: Wolf house (Toronto, Ont.) photographs
For this early house on a steeply sloping lot, Myers used pilings to raise the house and create space for a patio or eventual addition.

Barton Myers: Stratford Festival Theater (Stratford, Ont.)
The alterations and addition to the theatre building faced the river and a public park, therefore the modifications were made with public access and views in mind.

Barton Myers: Housing University Building (Edmonton, Alb.)
Myers designed the Housing University Building (HUB) at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The HUB is a 957-foot-long galleria with retail shops, day care center, recreation facilities, and student housing on the upper floors of…

Barton Myers: Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Alb.)
The Citadel Theatre complex was designed around a pedestrian mall, with the 700-seat proscenium theater, the 300-seat experimental theater, and the 250-seat cinema/lecture hall all having lobbies which opened onto the central pedestrian mall.

Barton Myers: York Square (Toronto, Ont.)
The York Square project, in the Yorkville Village neighborhood of Toronto, was an urban infill development which revitalized old commercial buildings in an established neighborhood into a new space for restaurants and cafes to coalesce around a new…

Barton Myers: Don Watt Studio (Toronto, Ontario)
Don Watt was the founder of The Watt Group, a retail branding and design consultancy business. Myers designed the Studio building with an interior atrium which included trees.

Barton Myers: Ontario Medical Association building (Ontario, Canada)
The building, at 240 St. George Street in Toronto, was designed to be the office space for the Ontario Medical Association. The building now houses the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China.

Barton Myers: Earl Bales Outdoor Theatre (Toronto, Ontario)
This 1500-seat theater is modeled on Greek and Roman theaters. It overlooks a ravine, which provides a natural backdrop to the stage performances.
The Earl Bales Outdoor Theater is now called the Barry Zukerman Amphitheater in Earl Bales Park.

Barton Myers: Bekins house (Montecito, Calif.)
For the Bekins house in the Toro Canyon area of Montecito, Myers utilized the same type of steel construction he used in his own nearby house. Myers worked with landscape architects Arcadia Studios to preserve some of the landscape features…

Barton Myers: Ghent Square (Norfolk, Vir.)
Ghent Square was a project for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Myers designed townhomes for the northeast quadrant of the square-- the development was sited around a central green space.

Barton Myers: Dundas-Sherbourne (Toronto, Canada)
The Dundas-Shelbourne project was an infill housing scheme undertaken by the City of Toronto's Non-Profit Housing Corporation. Instead of tearing down existing housing stock to build high-rise towers, Myers and Diamond designed 5- to 7-story…

Barton Myers: Indian Paintbrush offices (Santa Monica, Calif.)
The Indian Paintbrush production company building is an example of adaptive re-use of a previously under-utilized brick building into modern office space. Myers designed a one-story office complex with a partial second-story, and a rooftop deck.

Barton Myers: Yorkville Library (Toronto, Canada)
The Yorkville Branch Library in Toronto was originally designed in 1907 by architect Robert McCallum, the city architect, as part of a Carnegie library grant. Myers added on to the original Beaux Arts style building, with an addition to the back of…

Barton Myers: Griffin's Restaurant (Toronto, Canada)
Myers designed an open and airy restaurant within the structure of an old warehouse building in downtown Toronto.

Barton Myers: Dundas-Sherbourne (Toronto, Ont.), Vacant Lottery site plan
"Vacant Lottery" was a special issue of Design Quarterly magazine which was co-written by Barton Myers and George Baird in 1978. The graphics show the existing buildings in dark blue, new construction in light blue, outside space is orange, and other…

Barton Myers: Wolf house (Toronto, Ont.), drawing
For this early house on a steeply sloping lot, Myers used pilings to raise the house and create space for a patio or eventual addition.
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