The 242,000 SF Mashouf Performing Arts Center at San Franscisco State University is an unprecedented collection of theaters, music halls, film studios, and other spaces for the performing and visual arts.

The performing arts center, for which Wil Carson was the Senior Designer and Hiroshi Tokumaru Senior Technical Coordinator at MMA, incorporates at its northern edge a 1,200-seat opera style theater for orchestra, dance, opera, and theater, developed in partnership with noted acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics. A second 450-seat theater and 350-seat recital hall are also included in the project, rising above a unifying datum of classrooms, offices, and other curricular spaces for the University’s College of Creative Arts. This defining architectural feature also has significant sustainability benefits for the LEED Gold design, enabling cool air to be drawn from shaded spaces beneath and vented through the larger theater volumes at the project’s center, allowing the vast majority of the complex to be conditioned without any artificial means.

“It needed to be an iconic building … very forward-thinking about the arts and nonprofits in general.”



Senior Designer & Senior Technical Coordinator, MMA


Nagata Acoustics | Acoustics
Fisher Dachs | Theater Design
Sonitus | Audiovisual
Nordenson & Associates | Structural Engineering
IBE | MEP Engineering
HLB | Lighting
Hargreaves Associates | Landscape Architecture