The 242,000 SF Mashouf Performing Arts Center at San Franscisco State University, for which Wil Carson was the Project Designer and Hiroshi Tokumaru the Senior Technical Coordinator at Michael Maltzan Architecture, is an unprecedented collection of theaters, music halls, film studios, and other spaces for the performing and visual arts. Most notably, the project 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. A second 450-seat theater and 350-seat recital hall are also included in the project, rising above a unifying datum of classrooms and other curricular spaces. This defining 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.


Wil Carson, Project Designer
Hiroshi Tokumaru, Senior Technical Coordinator
Michael Maltzan Architecture


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