Barton Myers was born in 1934 in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1952-1956 he attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. After serving as a pilot, stationed in the UK, Myers went back to school in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1964. Afer school, Myers found work as a draftsman for his former teacher, Louis I. Kahn, in Philadelphia. Two years later, in 1968, Myers launched his architectural career in Toronto, Canada, in partnership with A. J. Diamond. A. J. Diamond and Barton Myers became known especially for projects that promoted urbanism that preserved the life and scale of neighborhoods.
In 1975 Myers moved to Los Angeles, where he established the office of Barton Myers and Associates. He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, beginning in 1980 and was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Arizona State University.
In addition to his sensitive urban design projects, many of them competition entries, Myers established a reputation for his theater designs, including the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and a series of steel houses, including his own home in Santa Barbara.
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