6th of May
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Engineering Lecture Theatre 439, Building 401, 20 Symonds Street
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Communiqué 2013
Website of his work: http://estudioteddycruz.com/index1.html
Teddy Cruz has a humane vision for metropolitan areas across America. Asserting that architects can be designers not just of form but of political processes, he seeks to break down physical and cultural barriers – mixing wealthy and poor, old and new, public and private. Renowned for his urban research on the Tijuana-San Diego border, he works on traditionally overlooked poor, minority and immigrant communities and spaces-and has transformed California border neighborhoods and New York communities by creating affordable, quality housing and public infrastructure.
In 2008 Cruz represented the US in the Venice Architecture Biennial and in 2010 was part of the important exhibition Small Scale: Big Change New Architects of Social Engagement at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2011 he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. Teddy Cruz is currently a professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego, and the co-founder of the Center for Urban Ecologies.