Cruz Garcia

Cruz Garcia

Associate Professor, Architecture
Design for Critical Futures Faculty Fellow, Architecture

Signature Research Areas


Campus Office: 482 Design

Mailing Address
Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011
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Universidad de Puerto Rico, Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design


Research Interests

Post-Colonial Theory, Narrative Architecture, Form and Ideology, Biopolitics, Critical Theory, Subaltern Theory, Afrofuturism, Planetary, Decolonization, Critique, Transfeminism, Ecological Justice, Loudreaders, Radical Pedagogy, Alternative Pedagogy Advanced and Alternative Representation

Current Projects

Cruz Garcia is an Associate Professor at Iowa State University,  faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Columbia University where he teaches in the Advanced Architectural Design program, and is former faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ann Kalla Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Hyde Chair of Excellence in Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Visiting Teaching Fellow at The School of Architecture at Taliesin.

Their work has been part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Neues Museum in Nuremberg, and the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology Lisbon.

They are authors of Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto (nai010, 2020), Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture (Artifice Books on Architecture 2013, China Architecture and Building Press 2021), A Manual of Anti-Racist Architecture Education (Loudreaders Publishers, 2020), and a series of publications exploring Post-Colonial imaginaries including From Black Square to Black Reason: A Post-Colonial Architecture Manifesto.

Garcia has lectured at the Institut HyperWerk Basel, Harvard GSD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Virginia, The Cooper Union, Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc, KTH, GSA Johannesburg, Universidad de los Andes, UMEA University, University Oregon, Portland State University, University of Arkansas, University of Technology Sydney, University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg, ETSA Malaga, ETSA Madrid, ETSA Barcelona, Universidad de Puerto Rico, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Southern California, The School of Architecture at Taliesin, TU Munich, TU Graz, La Sapienza University in Roma, Tsinghua University, CAFA Beijing, Tongji University, Shanghai and Beijing International Literary Festival, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, Arizona State University, Shanghai Study Center of the University of Hong Kong, The Jewish Museum in New York, and more.

Garcia is the recipient of research, exhibition, publication and presentation grants and awards from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, New Century Art Foundation, US Department of State, DEGI, and has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, AD, Metropolis, Architect Magazine, Uncube, Wall Paper, Domus, El Nuevo Dia. A founder, designer and editor of several independent and alternative publications, including the WAIzine What About It? and Intelligentsia Zine, Garcia’s manifestoes, texts, narratives and essays have been included in Horizonte Journal for Architectural Discourse (Bauhaus University Weimar), ARCH+ (Berlin), SLEEK Magazine (Berlin), Dolce Stil Criollo, PIDGIN (Princeton University), Revista Opción (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México), ADATO Magazine (Luxembourg), ZAWIA (Cairo), MONU Magazine on Urbanism (Rotterdam), Conditions Magazine (Oslo), SOILED (Chicago), AD Special Issue: Revisiting the Avant-Garde (London), Volume (Amsterdam) Progress & Prosperity: The New Chinese City as Global Urban Model (Rotterdam: NAI010), Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (New York: Avery Review), Fundamental Acts (Milan), and more.