University of California—Los Angeles, Royce Hall

Los Angeles, California

  • FIRM

    Anshen + Allen, Architects


    University of California Regents

  • AREA

    194,000 sq.ft.





Completed in 1929, Royce Hall is the largest of four original structures at the UCLA campus. Royce’s twin towered front is the most widely recognized UCLA landmark and its 1850-seat Auditorium is one of the finest orchestral halls in the western United States.

In response to Royce Hall being structurally damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the design team ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBarton Phelps & Associates (Associate Architect for Design)CAPACITY1,850COST PER SQ FT$239.44CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation an extensive program of structural strengthening, conservation and interior renovations. The towers of the main facade verged on collapse and were strengthened and restored on an emergency basis. The remainder of the project involved installation of a massive, concealed structural system. Under FEMA regulations, the building’s eligibility for listing on the National Register required earthquake resistance that exceeds normal life/safety requirements. The new structure greatly increases resistance to lateral forces to actually protect the building itself.

The team designed and documented a comprehensive renovation plan that improved performance capability, restored historically significant spaces, renovated classrooms, faculty offices, and building systems and provided new facilities for performance management, patron services, and the Humanities Library.

Photographer: ©Tom Bonner and ©J. Scott Smith

"Excellent architectural detail...improved space, as well as structure."—1998 jury