MCA STAGE “70”

MCA UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

Universal City, CA

This 2,500 seat amphitheater has a unique structural system designed of steel so it can be relocated off the top deck of a 7-story terraced parking structure when its programmed use is complete. The unique motorized louvers structure allows the moderate winds lads to pass through while still providing shade to the audience.

Significance: A successful attempt at re-using “short term programmed” structures by relocating and modifying for another use vs. just discarding. This sustainable practice caught on at Universal.

“Doug is a very inventive architect whose creativity never ceases to amaze me….”

-Barry Upson, VP MCA, Universal Studios

American Institute of Architects

Pasadena & Foothill Chapter
Merit Award 1990