The Strand Theater has been honored with awards from the Society for Experimental Graphic Design and the California Heritage Council. SOM's renovation of the theater resurrected a century-old movie house to provide a performance space for the American Conservatory Theater.
Retrofit magazine spotlights SOM's renovation of the Strand Theater in downtown San Francisco. The project helped resurrect a 100-year-old space into an experimental performance venue for the city's preeminent theater company. SOM Design Director Michael Duncan is quoted.
Three SOM projects are recognized in The Architect's Newspaper's 2016 Best of Design Awards. The Strand took first prize for Building Renovation; the Center for Character & Leadership Development is Building of the Year in the Southwest; and the Kathleen Grimm School earned an honorable mention.
SOM's renovation of The Strand has won an Urban Land Institute 2016 Global Award for Excellence. The project resurrects a 100-year-old movie theater to provide a highly visible and experimental performance space for the San Francisco's preeminent theater company, the American Conservatory Theater.
The Structural Engineers Association of Northern California honored three SOM projects with 2016 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards. The winners include the LAX Central Terminal Area Pedestrian Bridge Prototype Study; The Strand, American Conservatory Theater; and 350 Mission Street.
Fast Company's 2016 Innovation by Design Awards, which honor innovative projects around the world, have recognized three SOM projects: AMIE 1.0, The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground, and The Strand, American Conservatory Theater.
The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the winners of its 2016 Design Awards, which recognizes innovative design by California-based architects. SOM's The Strand and Poly International Plaza were both honored in the Architecture category.
Architect Magazine's 2016 AIA Awards Issue includes a profile on The Strand, which received a National AIA Honor Award for Interiors. SOM renovated this historic movie theater on Market Street in San Francisco to create an experimental performance space for American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.).
The Urban Land Institute has named three SOM buildings among 26 finalists in the 2016 Global Awards for Excellence. The program honors projects that represent best practices in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. The winners will be announced in October.
The Strand has received an Interior Architecture Citation Award and a Social Responsibility Commendation from the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Designed by SOM, The Strand is a new performance venue, education center, and neighborhood gathering space in San Francisco.
The Architect's Newspaper features American Conservatory Theater's The Strand in its most recent issue. The SOM-designed renovation resurrects a derelict, 100-year-old cinema on the city's main commercial artery for the performing arts.
Two SOM projects—Samsung Research America Silicon Valley Campus Interiors and The Strand, American Conservatory Theater—are competing for the People's Choice Award in the 12th Annual IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards. Voting is open to the public.
As a winner of Communication Arts magazine’s sixth annual typography competition, American Conservatory Theater’s The Strand is featured in the publication's Typography Annual 6 issue this month. SOM developed a graphic identity for The Strand as part of the building's recent renovation.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the recipients of its distinguished Honor Awards. Designed by SOM, The Strand has won a 2016 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture, which is the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in building interiors.
Architectural Record includes The Strand in a roundup of its favorite museums and performing arts centers of 2015. Completed earlier this year for American Conservatory Theater, the building houses a 285-seat theater, a 120-seat black box theater, rehearsal space, cafe, and educational facilities.
In the Society for Experiential Graphic Design’s final quarterly issue of eg Magazine, the organization features donor recognition programs. The cover feature for the issue is the SOM-designed donor wall for American Conservatory Theater’s The Strand.
Dezeen features the transformation of The Strand into a multipurpose performance and community venue for American Conservatory Theater. Renovated by SOM, the revitalized building houses a 285-seat theater, a 120-seat black box theater, rehearsal space, cafe, and educational facilities.
On December 4, 2015, the project team for The Strand was recognized at a Community Alliance Awards breakfast event sponsored by the American Institute of Architects' San Francisco Chapter. There, The Strand was formally recognized for the positive impact that it is having on its neighborhood.
Architectural Record profiles American Conservatory Theater’s The Strand in its December issue “In Focus” feature. A new performance venue, education center, and neighborhood gathering space, the building revitalizes a century-old cinema and supports the regeneration of San Francisco's Central Market district.
The Strand is featured in the VIEW, a quarterly publication by CREWSF which focuses on adaptive reuse in its latest issue. Designed by SOM for American Conservatory Theater, the revitalized building is a performance venue, education center, and neighborhood gathering space in San Francisco.
The Northern California and Western Nevada Chapter of the American Concrete Institute has honored The Strand with a 2015 Construction Award for Architecture. The annual awards program celebrates outstanding use of concrete.
The quarterly magazine of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design featured SOM's work on The Strand. The firm's Graphics and Branding studio created the visual identity for the institution, reflecting the American Conservatory Theater's new space and mission.
The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has won the Revitalization Award from the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award specifically recognizes the positive impact that the Strand, A.C.T.'s new, SOM-designed theater venue and education facility, has had on the regeneration of the Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods in San Francisco.
The October issue of Interior Design takes readers through the American Conservatory Theater’s The Strand in San Francisco. The building houses a 285-seat theater, a 120-seat black box theater, rehearsal space, cafe, and educational facilities.
Engineering-News Record California has recognized The Strand in its Best Projects 2015 awards program. Designed by SOM, the project won an Award of Merit in the Renovation/Restoration category of the regional awards, which were selected by juries made up of prominent local industry professionals.
Stage Directions explores how the American Conservatory Theater, SOM, and the Shalleck Collaborative revived the Strand on Market Street in San Francisco. This was achieved through the creation of flexible live theater spaces—all within the tiny footprint of a 100-year-old former cinema.
SOM has received a 2015 Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering for its renovation of the Strand Theater in San Francisco. The award was given by the National Council of Structural Engineers Association at its 2015 Structural Engineering Summit in Las Vegas.
SOM Design Director Michael Duncan will help lead a tour of The Strand for registered attendees of this year’s Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting, which is being held on October 5-8, 2015, in San Francisco. Duncan will describe how the renovation project resurrected an abandoned century-old cinema to serve as an intimate second stage for A.C.T.’s full-staged theater productions, and more.
The San Francisco Section of the American Society of Engineers has honored SOM’s renovation of the Strand Theater with its award for Outstanding Architectural Engineering Project of the Year. The award recognizes projects that are driven by significant innovation in engineering, and which produce a substantial public benefit for the city of San Francisco.
Designed by SOM for American Conservatory Theater, The Strand is a new performance venue, education center, and neighborhood gathering space in San Francisco. The building strengthens a local nonprofit, revitalizes an abandoned, century-old cinema, and supports the regeneration of the city’s Central Market district.
The Strand Theater is featured in a recent Curbed roundup of projects transforming San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood. Developed in collaboration with American Conservatory Theater, the project preserves a piece of the city's history while creating a home for the arts and a welcoming oasis for the surrounding community.
For an article about San Francisco’s thriving new arts venues, SF Weekly spoke with SOM Architectural Associate Aaron Jensen about The Strand Theater. SOM collaborated with the city's preeminent theater company, American Conservatory Theater, to renovate the abandoned Mid-Market cinema.
The San Francisco Chronicle shines the spotlight on A.C.T.’s experimental second stage, the Strand Theater. Urban design critic John King calls the building a "sublime oasis" in San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood.
SOM Design Director Michael Duncan and other members of the Strand Theater renovation team will give a tour of the new second home of the American Conservatory Theater on May 21, 2015. Participants will learn more about the 1917 building’s original design and colorful ensuing history, and to study the project’s preservation strategies and contemporary interventions.
SOM and the American Conservatory Theater celebrated the completed renovation of the Strand Theater with a ribbon cutting on May 14, 2015. Led by SOM Design Director Michael Duncan, the firm oversaw the architectural design, structural systems, and graphics of the project.
The 2014 work “Love and Information” will be the first play staged by the American Conservatory Theater in the newly opened Strand Theater, starting June 3. The production, which explores technology’s role in modern relationships, capitalizes on SOM’s design of the renovated building to emphasize its premise — by showing live-feed video on the lobby’s expansive LED screen.
In anticipation of the Strand Theater’s inaugural public performance on June 3, SFist has published new imagery of the historic building and its comprehensively renovated interior. The photo essay depicts the lobby and 283-seat theater in immersive detail, and features vintage art and furniture reclaimed from the theater’s previous incarnations, as well.
The San Francisco Examiner fetes the opening of the Strand Theater, detailing uses intended for the renovated building’s interiors and highlighting salvaged historical elements like intact masonry and repurposed marquee letters. The story also forecasts how the project and its theatrical programming will positively impact its transitional neighborhood.
Curbed San Francisco recently toured the Strand Theater with American Conservatory Theater administrative project manager Denys Baker. The blog recounts the visit with an extensive photo essay, which details how the SOM-led renovation balance memorable contemporary design solutions with thoughtful preservation techniques.
Loni Stark recently captured the Strand Theater’s final stages of renovation on camera for the Bay Area culture platform Stark Insider. With American Conservatory artistic director Carey Perloff and administrative project manager Denys Baker serving as Stark’s guides, the video tour marvels at the theater building’s layers of history and explains how A.C.T. programming will work in tandem with SOM’s design to cultivate the next generation of theater lovers.
In preparation for the official opening of the Strand Theater, SFist previews the building’s renovation, which SOM conducted on behalf of American Conservatory Theater. The article takes readers back to the original 1917 opening of the Market Street movie house, charting its social evolution and more recent physical transformation.
The Architect's Newspaper shines the spotlight on SOM's renovation of the Strand Theater in San Francisco. Scheduled to open in May, the building will energize the surrounding neighborhood.
The Partners of SOM are pleased to announce the release of SOM Journal 9. The publication is the ninth installment in a continuing series that highlights the conceptual undercurrents being developed at the firm.
Curbed SF highlights SOM's renovation of the Strand Theater in San Francisco. When open in 2015, the restored theater will represent a key component in the regeneration of this once vital part of the city.
On November 24, 2014, SPUR will offer a detailed tour of the Strand Theater with SOM Design Director Michael Duncan. Participants will learn about the history of the century-old theater and what is planned for its future.
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, have recognized four SOM projects with their American Architecture Award. The winners were announced on October 8.
On August 8, SOM architects and others will lead a special tour of The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) for members of the Urban Land Institute of San Francisco. When open in 2015, the restored theater will represent a key component in the regeneration of this once vital part of the city.
On July 18, SOM architects and others will lead a special tour of The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) for members of the American Institute of Architects's San Francisco chapter. When open in 2015, the restored theater will represent a key component in the regeneration of this once vital part of the city.
Built in 1917, the Strand Theater has served a number of uses over the decades: bingo parlor, revival house, adult theater. The historic building is now being transformed into a contemporary playhouse, with SOM providing architectural and engineering services.
SOM has won a total of eight Spark Awards in the categories of space, transport, and app design. Spark is a community of creative people, bound together by the idea that design can make positive change in the world.