Jose Cruz

Jose Cruz


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The process of creating things has always fascinated me. From an early age my penchant for design and architecture began when I started building with lego blocks (like many). The formation of ideas and spaces in a physical manifestation is what interests me the most out of architecture. Like a film, there are elements that come into play when creating work, settings (context), narrative (sequences), characters (materials), and collaboration between multiple players. My interest in film, art, fashion, music, food, science and math fuel my creative process within my architectural mind.


TMDA, San Francisco, CA, US, Project Architect

Within a tight-knit group of designers I collaborated with high profile contractors
directing projects located from the Trans-America building to the new SXSW Center in Austin. I spearheaded the design of projects ranging from an Oakland co-working space to a new SFO restaurant working directly with the clients to meet their program.

Feb 2019 - Apr 2020

Brick., Emeryville, CA, US, Project Designer

Simultaneously generating permit sets and concept renderings for commercial development projects in Oakland, San Francisco, Redwood City and Palo Alto. As project manager I replied to submittal's, rfi’s and communicated with clients, consultants and contractors to facilitate the speed of construction.

Mar 2018 - Jan 2019

Richard Beard Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Junior Architect/Designer

While gaining technical knowledge of Revit, I finalized permit drawing sets for projects ranging from a single family home in the Santa Lucia Preserve to an exterior renovation of a multifamily residential housing. Intermittently helped formulate presentation material for a curtain wall re-imagining of a Japanese retailer.

Jan 2017 - Feb 2018

ODADA, San Francisco, CA, US, Junior Architect/Designer

Working within a team of architects and interior designer I assisted in the development of renderings and construction documentation material for multiple residential projects in the office. These included a residence in East Hampton New York and the Grand Penthouse for a new skyscraper in downtown San Francisco.

Apr 2015 - Sep 2016

Downtown Interiors, Jersey City, NJ, US, Project Coordinator/Office Manager

As office manager of a mill-working and general contracting company I oversaw the
completion of projects ranging from custom cabinetry work to entire GC jobs. Work
entailed, corresponding between clients and company CEO, writing proposals, placing job orders, and creating shop drawings for approvals.

Apr 2013 - Jun 2014

Jason Volenec Studio, San Francisco, Freelance Architect

For the interim years between and during my permanent office jobs I was able to do freelance work with Jason Volenec, which included field surveying, drafting, and production of schematic designs and presentation work. Majority of the projects included design work for several NYC restaurants and bars on a as needed basis.

May 2010 - Aug 2013


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2004 - Jun 2009


Pratt Institute Degree Project Award, Honorable Mention


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