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1001 G Street Northwest 250W
Washington, DC, 20001
United States

(202) 333-4480

With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts


Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Annapolis, Maryland

Originally built in 1932 as Annapolis High School, the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts was created in 1979 with the mission of providing “artistic and educational excellence” in the region.  Here artists are showcased in galleries and on stage in an effort to “nurture and cultivate the artistic abilities of individuals from infants to seniors.”



M+J worked with Maryland Hall on a study for expanding and updating the facility’s main theatrical venue. The proposed community theatre within will be a dynamic contemporary performance space.



As part of the extensive educational and community faculties provided by the Hall, the flexible 200 seat theatre is designed to provide a home for a wide variety of functions, from a teaching space to intimate recitals, amateur theatre performances and private functions. This flexibility is achieved through a unique architectural design developed by M+J which involving a collapsible seating pod and wrap-around balcony, giving the ability of multiple seating and stage arrangements.

Restorations and revisions come into play where the existing historic, steel windows have begun to show their age. The existing balcony seats, which are not original to the structure, will be removed and replaced by more attractive and comfortable options. The entrance lobby will be reconfigured to offer more space in the theater, and will receive elevators and updated restrooms.

Owner: Maryland Hall c/o Tom Fridrich

Study Completion: 2009

Size: 15,000SF

Cost: est $5M