Cristina Crespo

Cristina Crespo

New York, NY, US



Currently leading my own boutique studio, with 15 years of experience in the design/architecture field with a Master's Degree in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association in London. 

Former Design Director for WeWork, where I co-built and led a 100+ people International Design Studio across NYC and Latin America.

Skilled and passionate overseeing: spatial experience, data-driven design strategy, branding + storytelling, architectural interiors, team management and sustainable-wellness design.
Driven by innovation, crafting intentional spaces & art/culture!

Proud to have worked for global brands such as Starbucks and Gensler. 

Have completed all of my ARE tests for professional architectural license. 

Work samples here:



Co-founded and leading a cross-discipline boutique design studio with projects in NYC and Mexico City. Directing the creative vision of projects, business development and project management.

Jun 2021 - current

Casai, remote, VP of Experience (consultant)

Directed the Design, Branding Marketing and Customer Experience departments
ensuring alignment across all functions to accomplish a premium 360 experience.
Leadership and strategical KPIs included crafting custom experience packages that would quickly elevate the brand and design, create awareness and serve as Casai's differentiator. All of these in close alignment with growth and revenue goals.

Sep 2020 - Dec 2020

WeWork, New York, NY, US, Design Director

In charge of leading a multi-disciplinary studio that ranges from architecture, interior design, arts & graphics, FFE, lighting and technology.

During my time at WeWork I've played different roles; from Creative Director leading the interior design experiences and brand definition within LatAm. Later moving into a wider scope role of Design Director leading the region's expansion, pipeline definition, product tropicalization and team development.

Oct 2015 - May 2020

Starbucks Coffee Company, Miami, FL, US, Senior Production Designer

My daily tasks consist on designing the schematics and developing concepts for coffee shops throughout the Latin American Region. Part of my role also includes overseeing work done with outsourcing firms; mark up their sets, provide design direction, technical feedback and ensure that the design meets project standards and market guidelines.

In addition to these, my job also requires researching market-specific vendors for custom pieces, managing the FFE budget, reviewing final sets and coordination with construction managers, real estate and marketing teams.

Jul 2013 - Jul 2015

Gensler, Washington DC, Designer/Sustainability Specialist

I had several roles within my time in Gensler.

I worked the first two years as a designer focusing mainly on commercial interiors. I took a 2-year break from Gensler to work for another international firm in NYC and did my 1-year masters in London.

I was called back to Gensler in 2010 to help grow the new sustainability team and worked for 2 more years as a Sustainability Specialist. This role consisted in assisting with the LEED certification and consulting on many projects throughout the firm, which exposed me to cross-disciplinary collaboration across different studios and offices. My main task was to ensure that the sustainable goals of the project were being met. I also ran the eco-charrettes with clients in the early conceptual phases and followed the development through construction. After two years in this consulting role, I transitioned back to my previous interior designer role within the DC-office.

Oct 2007 - Jul 2013

LOT-EK, New York City, Designer

Between the transition from previous job to my masters, I had the opportunity to collaborate with this creative design studio in the Meatpacking District for one summer. My role was to design innovative solutions with recycled materials. You can reference my work in the portfolio- a boutique hotel made out of airplane fuselages. I also assisted with the interiors for a loft on the East Village.

Jun 2009 - Jul 2009

ECO Design Studio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Designer

I worked on this small studio in Puerto Rico on many project types; commercial, office, hospitality and residential. being one of three designers in this studio, gave me the opportunity to develop a wide range of skill sets in my early career. From design to site visits, client presentations to consultant coordination- this position was hands-on from start to finish.

Oct 2006 - Oct 2007

Rigau Asociados, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Job Captain

Develop the design, details and construction documents of various project types- retail (interiors), residential, institutional and hospitality.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006


Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London UK, MArch, Environmental Sustainable Design

Sep 2009 - Oct 2010

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, BArch, Architecture

Jun 2001 - Oct 2006


Winner of the NYC Big APP Competition for “Activate the Workplace” Big Idea Challenge, Award

The challenge:
Big Apps NYC recruited the city’s sharpest minds to rethink how tech can make a difference for all New Yorkers. Bigger challenges. Bigger impact.

The Team- - Eqillibrium

The App-


Miami Public Space Challenge for ‘The Public Stair Activation” art installation, Grant

The Miami Foundation created the Our Miami Public Space Challenge to discover the best ideas for improving, creating and activating local public spaces. In conjuction with the Health Foundation of South Florida, they awarded $130,000 to the top ideas.

Our team:
Active Living Team (A.L.T.)

Our mission:
To create art installations on public stairs to encourage a healthier alternative to elevators -

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Innovation Design Award- Gensler- Goodwill Pop-up Store Design, Award

This was an internal design award within the firm. This was a team effort.


Awarded AIA National Convention Scholarship, Award

Selected within the AIA Associates community to attend the AIA National Convention and represent my peers.


Awarded GIA- Gensler’s Innovation Award for the Active Design Program, Award

This was an internal design award within the firm.


Elected on a national level for the Falling Water Residency Summer Program, Other

10 students are selected within the Nation to participate of this design workshop program at Falling Water.


Awarded an American Institute of Architect s (AIA) Honor Award for the architectural conservation project: “A New Old San Juan” - AIA-PR Chapter, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization