Teddy Cruz is principal architect in the design firm, Estudio Teddy Cruz. Learning from emerging immigrant neighborhoods across the country, Cruz looks for neighborhood models where informality and resourcefulness lead to sustainable, affordable communities. Cruz argues that these models can strengthen all American neighborhoods.
The practice of Estudio Teddy Cruz Our is inspired by its location at the border between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico (US and Latin America), where two radically different cultures, societies and economies approximate each other and occupy the same geography. By focusing on the particularities of this bicultural territory, the office is able to re-contextualize global processes in their search to produce more hybrid and flexible landscapes.
The work of Estudio Teddy Cruz ranges from urban analysis and design proposals to built architecture, interiors, furniture, installations, public art and landscape interventions. The designs emerge out of ongoing speculations about relationships between architecture and different aspects of contemporary life and the socio-cultural and political implications of constructing space. Community engagement originates and shapes projects and their co-existence with the landscape. Ideas and forms come from existing physical and urban conditions and from patterns of use of space and social interaction that can redefine the limits imposed by zoning and planning laws.