Barton Myers Associates was founded in Toronto in 1975 as a full-service architecture and planning firm. Barton Myers moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980’s to lead a distinguished team of designers in an urban design competition for Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles, and to teach at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Barton Myers Associates is now based in Los Angeles and is currently working on a broad assortment of commissions for public, private and institutional clients.
BMA is co-lead by long-standing Senior Associates Ryan Ihly, AIA, Peter W. Rutti, AIA and Thomas Schneider, AIA. These architects share a wealth of experience in the firm’s areas of expertise and ensure that every project is executed to BMA’s award-winning standards. The responsibility shared by BMA’s architectural leadership ensures that Barton Myers is personally involved with every project through all phases of design and construction.
Barton Myers has earned an international reputation for excellence in architectural design with project ranging from houses to large urban developments. At every scale, many of Barton Myers’ projects have been pioneering efforts–including his own industrial, off-the-shelf component House and Studio at Toro Canyon, high-density urban infill projects, the sensitive remodeling of existing buildings, and high-quality cultural institutions throughout the United States and Canada. This broad range of design experience includes significant expertise in the design of state-of-the-art theater and performing arts venues.
From the firm’s inception, Barton Myers Associates’ commitment to design excellence has been recognized in awards for planning, architecture and interior design. This included the Governor General’s Award for Architecture for Woodsworth College, the Seagram Museum and the Citadel Theatre. The firm has also been recognized by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) for the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Barton Myers received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently worked with Louis I. Kahn. He established his practice in Toronto in 1968. In 1984, he opened an office in Los Angeles that is now the firm’s base.
In 1986, Barton was the recipient of the first Toronto Arts Award for Architecture in recognition of his contribution to that city, and in 1994, he received a Gold Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). In 2002, Barton received the Gold Medal from the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA/LA).
Barton Myers has taught architecture and planning at both the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania and also served as Thomas Jefferson Professor at the University of Virginia. Barton has held a continuing appointment as Professor of Architecture at the UCLA School of Art and Architecture since 1980 and lectures extensively throughout North America and abroad.