UCLA Royce Hall Renovation

UCLA Royce Hall Renovation

Royce Hall suffered extensive damage during the January 1994 earthquake. Restoration and strengthening were driven by UCLA’s wish to preserve its landmark and return the renowned concert hall to service. Completed in four phases, Royce Hall required emergency seismic upgrades, an architectural restoration, and refurbishment to the 1,841-seat auditorium. Additional work included 10,000 square feet of tenant build-out for a new Center for Performing Arts offices, Royce Reading Room Library, and College of Letters, Arts & Sciences presentation and seminar space. The famed hall re-opened on schedule to the delight of a sold-out crowd.


Royce Hall was a complete replacement of the rigging system. Replacement included four motorized sets, 25 hand sets, removing and reinstalling the orchestra shell, and the replacement of the supporting overhead stage grid. New infrastructure was built for all stage lighting, power, and data, with the rebuild of the lighting and sound controls utilizing selected components of UCLA’s existing system. The main hall incorporates a state-of-the-art variable acoustics system.



Project Size:

280,000 gsf


Regents of the University of California


CO Architects in Association with Barton Phelps & Associates


  • California Preservation Foundation – Preservation Award
  • Los Angeles Business Council Urban Beautification Awards – Award Winner
  • Los Angeles Conservancy – Preservation Award

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