Daniel Villegas Cruz

Daniel Villegas Cruz

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Daniel Villegas Cruz is an Architectural Designer on the path to New York State licensure with a wide breadth of experience across project types. Born in Bogota, Colombia but now residing in New York City, he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture with a concentration in theory from Cornell University. Inspired by spaces that catalyze creativity and foster wonder, Daniel has strived to craft the built environment through both an appreciation for materials, digital fabrication expertise, and a sensitivity to context. He is convinced of the critical role design plays in shaping the daily human experience and its responsibility towards a more sustainable and inclusive environment.



Standard Architects, Long Island City, NY, US, Architectural Designer

-Remodeled an orthopedics suite for New York Presbytarian Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgeries.
-Collaborated with Read & Co. on a historic spring house in Pennsylvania and the construction of a house and a dance-studio-containing-barn in Martha’s Vineyard.
-Developed seating for the amphitheater of Little Island at Pier 55, and helped prepare regulatory documents for The Glade stage.
-Worked on residential renovations including two Greenpoint apartments in a converted factory, a kitchen remodel in Austin, Texas, and worked on a loft-law conversion of an old factory in Williamsburg. Renovated two Manhattan penthouse apartments along with administering construction for an entrance lobby and an amenities roof terrace at the same building.
-Worked on commercial interior work, including preparations for major layout restructurings R/GA’s NYC Headquarters, and three whiteboxing projects, acting as project manager for two.
-Created new CAD templates, sheet sets, forms, and an updated work portfolio for the office. Designed the 2019 Standard Holiday Card.

Nov 2018 - Jan 2021

Austin + Mergold, Ithaca, NY, US, Designer

Completed research, design, and fabrication for a column as part of an exhibition

Jan 2018 - May 2018

Cornell University, Material Practice Facilities, Ithaca, Teaching Assistant

Conducted training seminars for new architecture and art students in the use of the machinery and fabrication methodologies, as well as ensured the safe and efficient operation of the facilities.Worked with CNC, laser cutters, and 3D printers, overseeing the operations of the equipment, as well as working with students and faculty to solve design issues pertinent to the fabrication process.
Worked from January 2014-December 2017 in the analogue shop.
Worked from January 2015-December 2017 in the Digital Fabrication Lab.

Jan 2014 - Dec 2017

Jenny Sabin Studio, Ithaca, NY, US, Designer

Worked as part of the Design Team to help complete and construct Lumen, an installation for MoMA PS1 during the summer of 2017.

May 2017 - Jul 2017


Quantic School of Business, Master of Business Administration

Nov 2020 - Nov 2021

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, AAP

Cornell University, College of Architecture Art and Planning.
Attained a Bachelor of Architecture with a concentration in Architectural Theory

Aug 2013 - May 2018


Dean's List, Other

Cornell AAP Dean's List


Student of the Year, Award

2010 Professional Award from AIA Miami


Areas of Specialization