Martinez+Johnson Architecture

Martinez+Johnson Architecture What we value most is that it always starts with a hopeful dream about people. About a community.
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Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures Over the past 20 years, Martinez+Johnson has executed more than eighty commissions involving theatres and cultural arts facilities, including reopening and updating some of the most significant structures in the country for a varied client base that includes universities, not-for-profits, municipalities, and the largest promoters and presenters of live entertainment in the world. Martinez+Johnson is presently in the process of re-establishing and re-positioning the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington, DC as a state-of-the-art learning resource center while preserving this building designed by Mies von der Rohe in the mid-twentieth century. Martinez+Johnson’s theatre restoration efforts range from larger venues such as the 3600-seat Kings Theatre in New York city and the 3300-seat Peabody Opera House in St Louis, MO to smaller stages such as the 1000-seat Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA, the 800 seat Howard Theatre in Washington DC, and the 1000-seat Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. Finding Community Relevancy from Institutional and Cultural Arts Facilities Martinez+Johnson believes that Architecture can have a substantial influence on the environment around it. Whether a new structure or a remodeling/restoration, Martinez+Johnson integrate the structure to become a focal point for the neighborhood, the city, and the region in which it resides. Opening some of the most significant buildings in the country running the gamut from universities, not-for-profits, local and regional governments, and globally prominent promoters and presenters of live entertainment, has re-energized entire neighborhoods, cities, and regions. For example, in New Orleans, Martinez+Johnson designed the restoration of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre and the Saenger Theatre after Hurricane Katrina devastated both facilities. In Brooklyn, NY Martinez+Johnson completed a $95M design of the historic restoration to the Kings Theater which is transforming Flatbush Avenue into a gentrified community. In Cedar Rapids, IA, the design of the Paramount Theater brought the community alive again after a catastrophic flood destroyed the city’s downtown area. And finally, the renovation of the Howard Theater – the oldest historically black music hall in America – brought the Shaw Neighborhood of our nation’s capital to life and created a venue to revitalize the region’s traditional jazz roots. Planning and Design of World-class Performing Arts Venues Known for a thoughtful design approach toward performing arts facilities, Martinez+Johnson endeavors to develop an understanding of the experience for the patron, the performer, and the operator. The firm looks to the future in their designs, even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past. Martinez+Johnson has had the challenge of designing both new facilities as well as ones for existing performance venues, where flexibility, ease of operation, and highly versatile performance characteristics must be maintained. Theatrical venues may need to accommodate opera, symphony, chamber music, and a single public speaker in successive performance slots. In 2007 Martinez+Johnson was chosen for the National Excellence in Rehabilitation Award by the Society of College & University Planners recognizing Mississippi State University for the design of the Riley Center for Education and the Performing Arts in Meridian, MS - a project that included the rehabilitation and modernization of the 1000-seat Grand Opera House and a home for its performing arts curriculum.

08/14/2018

Martinez + Johnson Architecture is pleased to announce that we have joined with OTJ Architects to deliver fully integrated base building and interior services!

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08/14/2018

Martinez+Johnson Architecture

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04/20/2018

Martinez+Johnson Architecture's cover photo

02/23/2018
Hudson Theatre

The Hudson Theatre is a must see! What a beautiful project to work on, we hope you get a chance to check it out at a historic tour sometime soon.

Catch a sneak peek of our Historic Hudson Tours as General Manager, Eric Paris gives This Is Broadway a glimpse inside our gorgeous space. Available tours are Sat 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5 at 11am and Sun 3/18 at Noon. Visit www.thehudsonbroadway.com/tours for more information!

Happy Valentines Day! Here at M+J we are celebrating by taking a break from designing to share a tasty meal together 💙
02/14/2018

Happy Valentines Day! Here at M+J we are celebrating by taking a break from designing to share a tasty meal together 💙

Exciting news: we are seeking a Marketing Coordinator to join our M+J team! If qualified and interested, please contact ...
01/10/2018

Exciting news: we are seeking a Marketing Coordinator to join our M+J team! If qualified and interested, please contact [email protected].

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
12/22/2017

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

12/06/2017
NFL

NFL Experience Times Square is officially open! The entire M+J Team checked it out this weekend - we agree its a totally new way to experience the world of football! Stay tuned for more photos to come & check out our website for more info on the project.

http://www.mjarchitecture.com/nfl-times-square

We kicked off the Grand Opening of NFL Experience Times Square. Football, fun, food and more!
Everyone who’s anyone stopped by. And you can too - buy your tickets now at NFLExperience.com

#NFLX

11/22/2017
11/08/2017
NFL Experience

Excitement is building as the opening date approaches for NFL Experience Times Square! Check out http://www.mjarchitecture.com/nfl-times-square to read more about our work on the project.

Bring your passion for the game to life at NFL Experience Times Square – Love the game. Play the game. Win the game.

#FBF flashback to the excavation of the MLK Memorial Library in 1969. Stay tuned for updates on our current renovation p...
11/03/2017

#FBF flashback to the excavation of the MLK Memorial Library in 1969. Stay tuned for updates on our current renovation progress at this very spot!

A slice of life at the MLK Memorial Library construction site: signs, selected demolition, & scaffolding.
10/23/2017

A slice of life at the MLK Memorial Library construction site: signs, selected demolition, & scaffolding.

Be sure to read the New York Times article on the success of the Cincinnati Music Hall renovation! We are proud to be in...
10/20/2017
As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

Be sure to read the New York Times article on the success of the Cincinnati Music Hall renovation! We are proud to be involved in a project that "embraces"

Reopening after a $143 million renovation, which removed a thousand seats, Cincinnati’s stately Music Hall offers a model for Lincoln Center.

10/16/2017
Cincinnati Music Hall

Check out this time lapse of the transformation of Cincinnati Music Hall! It is a privilege to be involved in such a significant project.

Great time-lapse showing Springer Auditorium's transformation.

An awesome view of an awesome project - we can't wait to see the rest!
09/29/2017

An awesome view of an awesome project - we can't wait to see the rest!

Geoff recently captured some shots of the award-winning Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land located in Sugar Land, Texas and designed by Martinez+Johnson Architecture and Studio RED Architects. Here's a sneak peak. #sugarland #architecture #design #photography #txphotography

After renovation, the MLK Memorial Library will thrive with public space that has a strong relationship to the city - we...
09/07/2017

After renovation, the MLK Memorial Library will thrive with public space that has a strong relationship to the city - we can't wait to see you there!

Check out one of our current projects: the NFL Times Square Experience! This project is a collaboration with NFL, NFLPA,...
08/28/2017

Check out one of our current projects: the NFL Times Square Experience! This project is a collaboration with NFL, NFLPA, and Cirque de Soleil - a truly revolutionary way to experience the world of football! Head to our website to find out more http://www.mjarchitecture.com/nfl-times-square

Calling all creative minds: check out this awesome opportunity to be a part of the new MLK Library! We look forward to s...
08/23/2017

Calling all creative minds: check out this awesome opportunity to be a part of the new MLK Library! We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Deadline approaching: August 31! The MLK Jr. Memorial Library has an open call for artists or designers interested in creating a permanent work of art for the ceiling of the new Grand Reading Room. For information and to apply, visit: bit.ly/2h7CByp

A big congrats to our friends at the Paramount Theater for being named "2017 Outstanding Historic Theatre" by the League...
08/21/2017

A big congrats to our friends at the Paramount Theater for being named "2017 Outstanding Historic Theatre" by the League of Historic American Theatres! It's an honor to have played a role in your story.

Architectural Record
04/13/2017

Architectural Record

A new documentary (screening tonight at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.) tracks the work and preparation done to modernize the city's central library. Image courtesy Mecanoo architecten. http://bit.ly/2oaBgoN

The ceilings have been hung! Check out the latest renovation of the Music Hall's interior.
04/10/2017
Cincinnati Music Hall

The ceilings have been hung! Check out the latest renovation of the Music Hall's interior.

The latest Music Hall renovation update courtesy of 3CDC

“People love being inside the theater and seeing it fully lit and the grand majesty of walking into the theater for the ...
03/29/2017
Flatbush’s Kings Theatre offers tours for an inside look at a landmark

“People love being inside the theater and seeing it fully lit and the grand majesty of walking into the theater for the first time and being able to take your time to look around and having a moment to really interact more with the theater itself.” - Director of Marketing Sarah Weiss

Want to learn more about the dazzling Kings Theatre? Get an up-close and personal look at the landmark theatre on a behind-the-scenes tour. The next one will be held on April 18 at 11am.

Brooklynites and tourists alike can feel as if they are going back in time as they discover a Flatbush landmark that has been returned to its original beauty.

03/28/2017
Curbed

Yesterday marked 131 yrs since this modern master was born. Happy Birthday Mies!

#lessismore #modernist #mlklibrary

Today is Mies van der Rohe's birthday. This master of modernism actually had no formal training.

When renovating a historic building like Cincinnati Music Hall, its exciting to find intriguing treasures of the past hi...
03/28/2017
Cincinnati Music Hall

When renovating a historic building like Cincinnati Music Hall, its exciting to find intriguing treasures of the past hidden beneath layers of time.

Music Hall's renovation reveals more hidden treasures

"The word theatre comes from the Greek. It means seeing a place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life...
03/27/2017

"The word theatre comes from the Greek. It means seeing a place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation." - Stella Adler

Happy #worldtheatreday! We at #MJArch are proud to have been apart of the restoration and creation of hundreds of gorgeous theatres around the globe. What an honor to work on creating spaces for life to flourish!

#historicrestoration #historicpreservation #keeptheartsalive #architecture #theatre #lookup #truth

Keeping up with the Music Hall.Cincinnati Music Hall #3CDC #historicrestoration #historicrenovation
03/24/2017
Music Hall Project Update 03.24.17

Keeping up with the Music Hall.

Cincinnati Music Hall #3CDC #historicrestoration #historicrenovation

From demo to drywall, and from plaster to paint, work inside the Hall continues to move along steadily. Read on for this week's construction update, and remember that new construction photos are always being added to the Music Hall album.

PWWG Architecture + Urban Planning
03/20/2017

PWWG Architecture + Urban Planning

It was an action-packed week of contract administration at Cincinnati Music Hall for our client, 3cdc. PWWG is leading a team of world-class experts in historic restoration, systems upgrades, and theater design for the $83M total gut and renovation of this beloved performance icon -- all 225,000 sf of it! Our marvelous team includes Martinez+Johnson Architecture, Pennoni, THP Ltd., Bayer Becker Engineers, Akustiks, and Schuler Shook.

Check out some behind-the-scenes photos of work-in-progress:

* Springer Auditorium -- crews are installing new hardwood floor.

* South Hall -- new escalators (grande!) have been installed.

* New Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Offices -- PWWG did the complete redesign for this open-office space for CSO's staff. storefront. Construction photos (below) show drywall, storefront and lighting fixtures installed, as the refreshed space comes to life.
PWWG's renderings show the finished look.

Onward!

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1001 G Street NW | Suite 250W
Washington D.C., DC
20001

General information

With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 in Washington, DC to bring their design sensitivities to cultural arts and institutional projects. The 25 architect firm is a nationally recognized design leader with expertise in three primary areas of architecture: · Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures · Finding Community Relevancy from Institutional and Cultural Arts Facilities · Planning and Design of World-Class Performing Arts Venues.

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Happy 132nd Birthday to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!