Fox Theater Takes Center Stage
A weeklong celebration marked the grand reopening of the Fox Theater, a beloved Spokane landmark since its opening night in 1931. The art deco treasure, originally built as a movie theater, is now a state-of-the-art venue for the performing arts. Led by NAC Architecture, the comprehensive restoration and renovation infused the facility with new technology while restoring the historic landmark’s original grandeur. Owned by the Spokane Symphony, the newly transformed Fox Theater is playing a leading role in the cultural renaissance of the city.

Fox Theater Website
KSPS Documentary: "Spokane's 21st Century Fox"
Bruce Blackmer Awarded AIA Northwest and Pacific Region 2007 Medal of Honor
Bruce E. Blackmer, FAIA, president and CEO of NAC Architecture, has been awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northwest and Pacific Region 2007 Medal of Honor. The award is conferred on an architect from within the region who has consistently demonstrated excellence in design, the practice of architecture, architectural education, or service to the profession that has promoted public understanding of architects and architecture and who has made notable contributions to the AIA Northwest and Pacific (NW&P) Region.
The AIA NW&P Region encompasses all AIA members in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia, China and Japan. Presentation of the award was made Sept. 29 in Spokane at the AIA’s Regional Conference.
Bruce has been a leader in the profession throughout his career, holding positions as AIA Spokane president, AIA Washington director, AIA NW&P regional director, AIA National vice president, AIA College of Fellows regional representative, American Architectural Foundation (AAF) regent, National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) director, and NAAB 2007-2008 president. He chaired multiple regional committees, led the multi-regional and international Summit 2000, and ultimately as senior director of the NW&P Region led the reorganization and development of the region's focused vision that the organization has today. He chaired the AIA Professional Interest Area (PIA) Executive Committee and led its consolidation with the PIA Council and their transformation to the AIA Board Knowledge Committee along with the re-visioning of the PIAs, creating the AIA’s Knowledge Communities and raising the recognition of architecture as a knowledge-based profession nationally and internationally.
In addition to his leadership for the AIA, AAF and NAAB, Bruce is on the advisory board of the Washington State University School of Architecture in Pullman, Wash., and the Interdisciplinary Design Institute in Spokane. He is frequently an awards juror, speaks nationally and is a lecturer at several universities.
NAC Architecture Expands in Spokane
NAC Architecture is expanding its longtime Spokane office at 1203 W. Riverside Ave. with a 10,000-square-foot addition to accommodate the firm’s ongoing growth. The addition, on which construction is slated to begin later this summer, will house 35 work stations as well as a large multi-use room for office and other professional functions. It also will allow the firm’s electrical and communications engineering division – NAC|Engineering, which has been temporarily located in nearby leased space as a result of the firm’s growth – to be housed in the same building as NAC Architecture again.
“NAC has experienced robust and steady growth during the last three years, and we expect that trend to intensify,” explains Steven J. McNutt, AIA, managing principal of NAC’s Spokane office. “We continue to meet with success in expanding our core practice areas and in extending our services to new markets. Consequently, we have been hiring additional professionals and administrative staff during the last 18 months, a trend that will continue. The expanded space will provide the additional benefit of allowing more flexibility in grouping staff according to shifting client and project needs.”
Designed as a modern urban-infill structure, the addition will play a significant role in the continuing revitalization of downtown Spokane. While the design of the addition is a vivid departure from that of the existing building, subtle elements will be employed to unite the two structures: horizontal lines, a similar pallet of colors, and complementary building materials. The colors of the addition’s copper wall panels and sandstone were chosen for their similarity to the colors of the existing building’s brick and cast stone. Registered to earn LEED Silver certification at a minimum, the addition will incorporate a number of sustainable design features, including daylight harvesting, solar-controlled blind systems, and a high-efficiency displacement ventilation HVAC system.
Bruce Blackmer Named One Of "Spokane's Power 25"
Bruce E. Blackmer, FAIA, president and CEO of NAC Architecture, has been named one of "Spokane’s Power 25" by Spokane Business Catalyst magazine. Blackmer, along with the other professionals cited as the most influential business leaders in Spokane, is profiled in the March issue. All were recognized for having significant impact on the regional business scene and spurring economic growth in the area. Blackmer was acknowledged for attracting national attention to Spokane through his leadership of NAC Architecture, which has grown phenomenally and expanded with an office in Los Angeles during his tenure as CEO, and the firm’s efforts to increase the ranks of the architectural, engineering and planning professions by partnering with academic institutions at the regional level and beyond to address the current and projected shortage of expertise in design-related fields.
Staff Advancements
We are pleased to announce staff advancements.