Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Both an icon for Kansas City and the architectural world, this new 285,000-square-foot arts center includes a stunning 1,800-seat multipurpose theatre for opera, drama, musicals, dance and touring groups, and a beautiful 1600-seat vineyard-style concert hall for the Kansas City Symphony. Theatre Projects was involved in the project from the earliest stages, helping the client develop an ambitious yet achievable vision through thoughtful and iterative planning and collaboration. We worked with the foundation to establish endowment levels and rental rates, developed strategies to integrate the building into the existing cultural fabric of the city, and helped divert the design direction away from one large multipurpose hall toward the creation of two world-class venues. We designed the two venues as extremely versatile, accessible, and intimate spaces, and in pursuit of space and staffing efficiencies, we planned the building with a central support space corridor that serves both venues and runs the length of the building. 

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Brian Rice, courtesy of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Timothy Hursley
Credit: Timothy Hursley

Land Capital Corporation


Safdie Architects | BNIM Architects


Nagata Acoustics


Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Kansas City Symphony

Seat count

1600, 1800

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Concert hall, Multipurpose theatre, Opera house


Masterplan, visioning, business planning, feasibility study, programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website


Credit: Chris Lee, courtesy of the Kansas City Symphony
Credit: Timothy Hursley
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Timothy Hursley

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