Interior of The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences in Lubbock, Texas.

Lubbock, Texas

The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences

The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences is a space dedicated to music and visual arts, and stands to honor the late Buddy Holly, the music he created, as well as the culture of Lubbock and Western Texas. Resulting from years of community studies and focus groups, The Buddy Holly Hall is a state-of-the-art campus which features two theaters, event space, a full-service bistro and a ballet academy under one roof.


Design Awards

  • 365: AIGA Year in Design 2022


  • Garfield Public Private

RSM Design was asked to create a graphic donor recognition wall to help honor those who have made such a space possible. Using plaques in the shape of guitar picks, in varying sizes and densities, the sculptural installation depicts the image of Buddy Holly playing a Stratocaster. The piece allows for individual donors to be recognized, but also stands as a public art display. Our scope also provided opportunities to integrate an artful wayfinding design program that seamlessly blends with the architecture.

“Our goal is to have this venue feel great for all types of performers and audiences – whether they are in jeans and hats or ball gowns,” said Matthew Lella, Principal, Diamond Schmitt. The Buddy Holly Hall’s contemporary environment and sophisticated architectural design details provide a dynamic space for visitors near and far. The overall goal is to establish a space that is welcoming to the public as well as attractive to performers.


Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Parkhill Smith & Cooper, Brad Oldham, MWM Architects, Inc.

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