Cruz Garcia
Assistant Professor

M.Arch., Universidad de Puerto Rico

B.A. Environmental Design, Universidad de Puerto Rico

M.Arch., Universidad de Puerto Rico

B.A. Environmental Design, Universidad de Puerto Rico

Cruz García is a Puerto Rican educator, designer, author, theorist, curator, artist, and co-founder of WAI Architecture Think Tank, art collective Garcia Frankowski, and co-founding curator of alternative art space Intelligentsia Gallery智先画廊 in Beijing. Garcia’s work has been exhibited at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Venice Architecture Biennale, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Museum of Modern Art New York, 1st Changjian Photography & Video Biennale, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology Lisbon, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art Manchester, Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein, Beijing Culture and Art Centre, BANK Shanghai, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, Proyecto Casamario Montevideo and many more. The work of WAI has been shortlisted and nominated for the design of international competitions including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

Before joining the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, Garcia was the Ann Kalla Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Hyde Chair of Excellence in Architecture at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and Visiting Teaching Fellow at The School of Architecture at Taliesin institutions where he fomented the foundation of student-led publications, symposia and curatorial programs including WASH Magazine (Taliesin), Fold (UNL), and POST-NOVIS. In response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, Garcia has been developing Loudreaders, a series of online sessions and a free and accessible trade school exploring networks of intellectual solidarity. Garcia has lectured and offered workshops in many universities, institutions, and festivals around the world.

Together with Nathalie Frankowski, Garcia is the author of Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto, Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture translated to German by ARCH+(Berlin) and set for publication in Chinese as 纯粹极致标志 (Beijing: China Architecture and Building Press, 2021), Shapes, Islands, Text: A Garcia Frankowski Manifesto (Sevilla: Vibok Works, 2014), a series of Children’s books on Art and Architecture including The Story of the Little Girl and The Sun, and of “Un-Making Architecture: An Anti-Racist Architecture Manifesto”. Currently they are working on the upcoming book From Black Square to Black Reason: A Post-Colonial Architecture Manifesto.