The Ruben Salazar Bicentennial Buildings are additions to the Plaza de la Raza, the major Latino cultural arts center on the West Coast. Informally gathered around a large plaza where two sizeable olive trees were preserved, the new and existing buildings, oriented towards the lake and protected from the street, create a special setting conducive to artists and students.
The center, designed as an academy to serve the arts, is also a multi-cultural gathering place for people to hold festivals, play music, and enjoy each other. The stucco buildings act as a background to the colorful and detailed folk art.
M&AA’s role consisted of rehabilitating the existing administration and music buildings; and providing full architectural and engineering services for the new arts and crafts building and the Margot Albert theater/dance studio.