Teddy Cruz was born in Guatemala City. He earned his master’s degree from Harvard University in design studies in 1997 and established his research-based architecture practice in San Diego in 2000.
He has been recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border. In 1991 he received the prestigious Rome Prize in architecture and in 2005 he was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture on the City prize.
His work has been profiled in important publications including the New York Times, Domus, and Harvard Design Magazine. In 2008 he represented the United States in the Venice Architecture Biennial, and this year his work will be included in the Small Scale, Big Change exhibition at MoMA in New York.
Cruz is a professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego, where he cofounded CUE / Center for Urban Ecologies.