Aragon High School Theater

San Mateo, California

  • FIRM

    HKIT Architects


    San Mateo Union High School District

  • AREA

    23,419 sq.ft.





The Aragon High School Theater is a state-of-the-art, 600-seat school and community theater. The drama and music programs at this school strive beyond the typical in arts education, preparing students for careers in the performing arts.

This level of artistic and technical preparation requires hands-on training, so equipment for student use was at the center ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$541.91FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized the design challenge. Two principal technical systems kept the architectural form at a compatible campus scale while serving the need for “student-friendly” equipment: a slotted tension grid and rear projection system.

The building is oriented along the axial entrance from neighborhood to the existing inner quad. Echoing the robust quality of existing campus buildings, the design uses technical innovations to meet programmatic needs while maintaining economy in building size. The transparent lobby creates an identity for the building and reveals creativity within.

The theater focuses on using the stage as a classroom, and provides an architectural form that is contextual and well-placed on a formal campus.