Gary Martinez FAIA

President and CEO

Gary Martinez FAIA studied architecture at the University of Maryland, and over the past thirty years of professional practice in architecture, has developed highly recognized expertise in a wide variety of building types.  He has led major design efforts involving new design and is skilled in the interpretation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historic landmark structures.  As a founding Principal in 1994 and current President of Martinez+Johnson Architecture, he has directed the growth and activities of the firm including overseeing a wide range of significant cultural initiatives across the United States.

In projects in Washington DC, he exhibits great knowledge and skills in leading public and private projects through the often challenging city and federal regulatory and approval processes including community outreach with advisory groups and additional stakeholders. He has developed excellent working relationships with the city’s legal, political, and preservation communities and has been successful in building consensus in support of various projects.

Working with the nation’s leading promoters and presenters of touring theatre, he has developed special insight and expertise in the creation of multi-faceted performing arts centers, currently executing commissions in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Over the last five years, he has directed efforts culminating with the opening of the award-winning Boston Opera House, the El Paso Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans, two theatres in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood casino, and the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto for the Blue Man Group.  Current theatrical projects include the Kiel Opera House in St Louis, the Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts in Annapolis, and the Saenger Theatre Redevelopment in New Orleans, the first major arts project to emerge in the city since Hurricane Katrina.  Other recent and current projects in Washington DC include the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership, the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial, and the Green Hill Pallottine Seminary.  For the OPEFM, he directed the firm’s review and compliance work at two DC public schools, Shepherd Elementary School and Banneker High School as well as planning work on Birney Elementary School for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

A frequent speaker and lecturer at conferences on subjects ranging from theatre design to historic preservation, he has presented architectural papers in the US and Canada and served as a delegate to international conferences in Hong Kong (2007) and Barcelona (2009).  Featured at the Association of Preservation and Technology’s annual conference in Nova Scotia, he introduced newly developed techniques for the use of 2D and 3D laser scanning technologies which have led to a five year commission for recording existing structures with the US General Services Administration.  In 2008, he moderated a symposium for architects, developers, and attorneys on the relationship between sustainable design and historic preservation.

Acting on a strongly held belief in the leadership role of architecture in creating a safe,  well built environment, he has led Martinez+Johnson Architecture in its participation in  community planning activities.  He was inducted into the Federal City Council in 2007 and has championed various efforts including the development of portable emergency shelters for homeless persons in DC and a sustaining role with DC developers and General Contractors at the Noyes Elementary School, designing improvements there over the last three years.  He is a founding member of the Washington Development Industry Council, focusing on creating expanded opportunities for Certified Business Enterprises to participate in the economic growth of the city.


University of Maryland - Bachelor of Architecture  Bachelor of Science
University of Maryland - Urban Design and Planning
Harvard University GSD - ’Theatres For a New Century’


Registered Architect in FL, AZ, CO, CT, DE. DC, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, NV, NM, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VT, VA, TX, UT, WV, WY

Professional Affiliations

National Trust for Historic Preservation
League of Historic American Theatres
Federal City Council
Economic Club of Washington
International Society of Performing Artists
Lambda Alpha International - George Washington Chapter
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Association for Preservation Technology International
Advisory Board of the Bay Theater Company
International Association of Venue Managers

Selected Projects

Performing Arts Centers

Kings Theatre, New York, NY
Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA
Kiel Opera House Complex, St. Louis, MO
Boston Opera House, Boston, MA
Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV
Planet Hollywood Showroom, Las Vegas, NV
Mahalia Jackson performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Boyd Theatre and Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Howard Theatre, Washington, DC
Panasonic Theatre, Toronto, Canada
MSU Riley Center (Grand Opera House), Meridian, MS
Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA
Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA
Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, El Paso, TX
Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts, Annapolis, MD
Mahaffey Performing Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL


1600 K Street, Washington, DC
Center Building, El Paso, TX
Mills Building, El Paso, TX
Municipal Court Building, St. Louis, MO
Abrams Federal Center, St. Louis, MO
Gallup Building, 901 F Street, Washington, DC
509 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC      
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Barry Farm Mater Plan, DC Government, Washington, DC


Alban Towers Apartments, Washington, DC
Summit Grand Parc Apartments, Washington, DC          
Congress Hotel, Baltimore, MD
The Woodward Building, Washington, DC
Rhode Island Avenue Lofts, Washington DC
Hastings Square, Baltimore, MD


Visions of Home Exhibition, National Building Museum, Washington, DC
National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, MD
Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial, Washington, DC
Green Hill Pallottine Seminary, Hyattsville, MD
Ford’s Theatre Leadership and Education Center, Washington, DC
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Organization, Washington, DC
Brazilian Naval Commission, Washington, DC
Embassy of Uzbekistan, Washington, DC