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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.

UMW Klein Theatre

PHOTOS BY geoff greene


university of mary washington klein theatre

fredericksburg, virginia

Martinez+Johnson Architecture led a program initiative for the University of Mary Washington to renovate and update three on campus performance facilities located in two separate buildings.



M+J  was first hired by the university in order to refine, clarify, and define the project description, data, and requirements for modernizing their on-campus performance facilities: The Dodd Auditorium, built in 1938, which is host to various events open to the public as well as the population of the University and seats 1,300; c1950 Klein Theatre which serves as the primary theater for student theater performances and seats 295; and Studio 115 a flexible black box theatre that seats approximately 40 and is used for student and classroom performances. 

The scope of work then progressed through construction documentation and administration and was performed under “design not to exceed” construction cost.



M+J worked closely with the theatre and dance departments to develop improvements to these facilities, including new seats, finishes, draperies, natural lighting controls, a new tension grid, theatrical systems and room lighting, stage rigging, projection, AV and sound systems, backstage improvements, associated improvements to electrical and mechanical systems and incorporated life safety, accessibility, and building code remedies.

Owner: university of mary washington c/o gary hobson

Completion: 2008

Size: Klein: 13,000SF

Cost: Klein: $1.8M