Estudio Teddy Cruz,
Associate Professor UCSD San Diego, USA
Teddy Cruz is a Guatemalan-born architect and founding principal of Estudio Teddy Cruz in San Diego. Over the past decade, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing architectural and urban planning projects that address the global political and social problems that proliferate the international border between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, inspiring a practice and pedagogy that emerges out of the particularities of this bicultural territory and the integration of theoretical research and design production.
His firm, Estudio Teddy Cruz, has been recognized in collaboration with community-based, non-profit organizations such as Casa Familiar for their work on housing and its relationship to an urban policy more inclusive of social and public programs for the city. Cruz founded the Border Institute (BI) dedicated to research on border urbanism at Woodbury University. Teddy Cruz also has a research and teaching post of Artist in Public Culture/Urban Space in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. His work and writing is widely published and he is recipient of a Rome Prize, a P/A Award, the Robert Taylor Teaching Award from the ACSA, and numerous AIA Honor Awards.