SOURCE: The Mexican Museum

The Mexican Museum

September 11, 2013 11:03 ET

The Mexican Museum Announces Selection of Local Architect of Record

San Francisco's Finest to Lead Design and Build-Out of New Museum Home in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 11, 2013) - The Mexican Museum, the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American, and Latino art, culture and heritage, announces that it has selected the joint venture team of A+D, Architecture + Design with Pfau Long Architecture to serve as its local Architect of Record. The lauded duo, which is both SBE and LBE certified through the City and County of San Francisco, will manage the design of The Mexican Museum cultural component of the 706 Mission Street Residential Tower and Mexican Museum Project. Their scope of work includes the development and implementation of the new museum home, and ensuring that the conceptual design of the space is properly executed and expeditiously approved by the appropriate agencies.

"The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees is absolutely delighted to have selected A+D, Architecture + Design with Pfau Long Architecture as Executive Architects for this tremendously important project," said Arturo Taboada, Trustee of The Mexican Museum and Chair of the New Building Committee. "This community-oriented team represents what the Board had envisioned in an architectural partnership, as both firms are utterly committed to design excellence. We look forward to working with them as we realize the long-awaited dream of a new home for The Mexican Museum."

Serving as Executive Architects, the A+D ( with Pfau Long Architecture ( joint venture will work closely with two firms previously-selected and tasked with specific components of the 706 Mission Street Residential Tower and Mexican Museum Project: Handel Architects (Glenn Rescalvo, Partner in Charge), which is in charge of work related to the new tower and the Aronson Building, including the "core and shell" for the new museum space; and TEN Arquitectos (Enrique Norten, Principal in Charge and internationally-renowned Mexican architect), whose primary role is to develop the design concept and schematic design of the museum space itself. The Mexican Museum will occupy the first four floors of the new tower and the Aronson Building in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District as part of the mixed-use facility being developed in partnership with Millennium Partners.

"After an exhaustive public process where 17 firms expressed interest and eight local architectural teams submitted proposals, The Mexican Museum is pleased to partner with such a highly qualified Architect of Record," said Victor M. Marquez, General Counsel for The Mexican Museum. "Comprising two of San Francisco's finest architectural firms, the A+D with Pfau Long team was selected because their joint philosophy of uncompromising quality in design and production best fits our mission for the new museum facility."

A+D, Architecture + Design is a small, minority- and women-owned firm that consistently demonstrates technical expertise and design excellence, as well as a strong commitment to community development. Sandra Vivanco, A+D Principal in Charge in the joint venture, is widely recognized as both a modern architect with a deep commitment to public work and a Latin American architecture expert. Pfau Long Architecture has developed one of the finest architectural portfolios in the Bay Area, including its work on cultural facilities. Peter Pfau, Pfau Long Principal in Charge on The Mexican Museum project, brings his firm's underlying commitment to thoughtful design, environmental stewardship, building craft and details, and passion for the emotional and experiential qualities of buildings.

"We are extremely pleased with the New Building Committee's choice of this exceptional team," said Andrew M. Kluger, Chair of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees. "The Board of Trustees highly commends museum trustee Arturo Taboada for his leadership, hard work, and dedication in leading the search and selection process."

With the selection of the Architect of Record, the museum's architectural team is now complete. Amazing results are anticipated from the collaborative efforts of such topnotch talent, as The Mexican Museum looks ahead to showcasing its large and prestigious collection of art and cultural treasures for the world to see. 

"The new museum cultural facility will house the more than 14,000 objects of Mexican, Mexican American and Chicano art in our collections, including many art treasures never before exhibited to the general public," said Kluger. "The new facility at Yerba Buena Gardens will provide the much-needed space for the numerous galleries envisioned, all of which will support the narrative of our permanent collection and allow for traveling exhibits from the United States, Mexico and Latin America."

About The Mexican Museum: Founded by San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at Fort Mason Center, is the realization of a vision to exhibit the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum's vision has expanded to reflect the evolving scope of the Mexican, Chicano and Latino experience -- including art, culture, history and heritage. In 2012, The Mexican Museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the nation's largest museum network. The museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 14,000 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Mexican-American, Latin American, Latino, and Chicano art. For more information, please visit: or call (415) 202-9700.

The Mexican Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., located at Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. FREE Admission. The Museum offers a wide variety of programs, including Family Sundays, exhibitions, special events, lectures and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Spanish classes for all levels are currently being offered for children and adults. For current class schedules and registration information go to 

The Museum is currently preparing for the completion of its permanent home, which will be built in downtown San Francisco's Yerba Buena Garden Arts District and is expected to open in 2018. 

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