Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences

“Diamond Schmitt deeply understood our community’s dream to create a performing arts campus that promotes entertainment for our region, while also serving as an arts education hub and a cornerstone for downtown revitalization. The result is a beautiful, world-class space unlike anything in our area that will bring our community together and create a new destination for the arts in Lubbock.”

Tim Collins, Chairman of the Board of the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

The Buddy Holly Hall is West Texas’ largest dedicated performance venue—bringing under one roof the city’s vibrant performing arts community including the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Lubbock, along with a variety of professional touring music and theater productions.

The Hall is a landmark destination that grew from the community’s needs, inspired by Lubbock’s physical and cultural landscape. The exterior design was inspired by the landscape of West Texas, including the prismatic and layered rock formations of Texas canyons, while the layout of the interior spaces accommodates the Hall’s wide-ranging performance line-up.

Dissolving the threshold between indoors and outdoors, the Hall’s use of glass at ground-level entrances creates an inviting and seamless transition for visitors entering and exiting the hall. Inside, the building moves from spacious public lobbies and flexible spaces for rehearsal and performance, to more liminal spaces leading to several intimate studios and finally, the Hall’s two signature theatres: the grand 2,297-seat Helen DeVitt Jones Theater, and the more intimate 415-person Crickets Theater.

Responding to the unique challenges of the site—from the intense Texas heat to its location in a flood plain—the design team has created a signature new space for the performing arts with world-class facilities that embody the spirit of the West Texas arts community.

Watch the story of how the Diamond Schmitt team took their Canadian understanding of function, spirit, and acoustics to West Texas’ light and materiality here.
Client Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association – Garfield Public/Private LLC
Completion 2021


Architect of Record Parkhill
Associate Architect MWM Architects
Photography Casey Dunn Photography


Awards See all project awards
2022 GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – Platinum and International Grands Prix Award
2022 American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre
2022 Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards, Finalist Winner
2022 International Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre
2022 OAA Design Excellence Award
2022 IDEAS2 Awards, American Institute of Steel Construction
2022 Architizer A+ Awards – Cultural Hall / Theater Special Mention
2022 Civic Trust Regional Finalist
2021 AIA Canada Society Design Awards, Award of Excellence
2021 Archiboo Awards – Best use of Video
2021 BD+C Building Team Award – Silver
2021 Best Sports/Entertainment Project in Texas + Louisiana – Engineering News-Record
2021 ASAI Architecture in Perspective 36, Award of Excellence, Formal Category
Team See full project team