|Vern O. Knudsen|
...The main hall also featured metal acoustical panels and wall sconces, attributed to Vern O. Knudsen, an authority on architectural acoustics who also served, briefly, as chancellor of UCLA...
Full article at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-santa-monica-civic-20130630,0,7440128.story
Note: As I recall, the Auditorium's problems stem from one of the byproducts of the state budget crisis of recent years: the killing of local redevelopment agencies. It's a long story but because of the intertwining of state and local finance after Props 13 and 98 in particular, the state saved some money by killing local redevelopment agencies including the one in Santa Monica. If Santa Monica's agency had not been killed, it likely would have been used to renovate the Auditorium.