Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California San Diego - Interior

Conrad Prebys Music Center
University of California, San Diego


La Jolla, California


University of California, San Diego

Collaborators +

General Contractor: PCL Construction Services

Acoustics: Dr. Cyril M. Harris, Ph.D.

Theater Planning: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander

Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

MEP Engineering: WSP Flack & Kurtz

Civil Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Landscape Architecture: Wallace Roberts & Todd, Inc.

Lighting Design: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander

Project Size

85,000 square feet

Seating Capacity

400 concert hall / 150 recital hall / 200 experimental

Project Status



Architecture, Interior Design

Situated within the active campus core and its Arts District, the design advances the goals of the campus “neighborhood plan” by integrating public space, campus circulation and landscape with the school’s highly interactive social dynamic.

The interior of the 400-seat concert hall is an asymmetrical system of triangular surfaces, carefully calibrated in collaboration with renowned acoustician Dr. Cyril Harris at every angle to optimize acoustical performance. The distinctive geometric form was generated from iterative experimentation and analysis that melds architecture, technical building systems and the science of sound in an integrated design process.

A 150-seat experimental lab is focused on “virtual” electronic acoustics, where musicians employ sophisticated audio systems and manipulate the sound environment to create their own sonic architecture. Other rehearsal and ensemble halls are designed with adjustable acoustics to accommodate a wide range of performance types, and the facility features the newest technologies in student recording suites, computer music labs, practice rooms and faculty studios.

Photography: Ed LaCasse, Nic Lehoux

Selected Awards

2011 American Concrete Institute, San Diego Chapter, Architectural Cast In Place Concrete Award

2010 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchids & Onions Awards, Grand Orchid

2009 AIA Seattle Chapter, Commendation Award

2009 McGraw-Hill Construction Publishing – Best Higher Education/Research Facility in Southern California in 2009