The Diego Rivera Theater - Exterior

The Diego Rivera Theater
City College of San Francisco


San Francisco, California


City College of San Francisco

Collaborators +

Architect of Record: TEF Design

Acoustics: Jaffee Holden

Theatrical / AV Consultant: The Shalleck Collaborative, Inc.

Structural Engineering: SOHA Engineers

Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: Interface Engineering

Plumbing Engineering: MHC Engineering

Civil Engineering: BKF Engineers

Landscape Architecture: Creo Landscape Architecture

Lighting Design: HLB Lighting

Cost Estimating: Directional Logic

Project Size

77,000 square feet

Seating Capacity

600 seat Auditorium, 150 seat Studio Theatre

Project Status

In Progress


Architecture, Interior Design

The Diego Rivera Theater is set to become the cultural heart of the City College of San Francisco campus. Situated in a new academic precinct along Frida Kahlo Avenue, the Theater will be the home of Diego Rivera’s Pan American Unity mural while providing a central base for the music and drama academic departments.

The building’s program includes three concrete blocks of differing sizes, each containing a separate performance venue. The blocks are united by a frame that also wraps around the mural lobby, where the mural will reside. The venues include a 600-seat performance hall, 150-seat studio theater, and 100-seat recital hall- all optimized for different performance experiences. The building will also contain plentiful instructional spaces, practice rooms, and administrative offices.

Designed to be a centerpiece on the City College of San Francisco campus, the Diego Rivera Theater will support its educational mission while also being a destination for visitors to San Francisco and an anchor of the local arts community.

Photography: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library


Diego Rivera’s Pan American Unity mural holds immense cultural significance as a vivid representation of the artist’s vision for unity across the Americas. Featuring a vibrant tapestry of figures that weave together historical, cultural, and industrial scenes from various regions, the artwork emphasizes the interconnectedness and solidarity between these diverse nations in the Americas.


Diego Rivera, The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on This Continent, also known as Pan American Unity, 1940; courtesy City College of San Francisco; © Banco de México Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico City / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


tef Design

Architect of Record


“The project reflects the highly interdisciplinary character of performance venues in the 21st century and is defined by the open lobby and a composition of program blocks that are organized around the mural. Designed from the inside-out, the project takes advantage of the building program, the views, and the circulation patterns around campus.”

– John Chau, Partner, LMN Architects