Cesar Lopez

Cesar Lopez

Albuquerque, NM, US



Cesar Adrian Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, School of Architecure + Planning, where he also serves as the School’s Director of Recruitment and the MS Architecture Chair for the Culture, Politics, and the Built Environment area of focus. His mode of practice straddles design and research to explore the entanglements between architecture and territory and the politics that dictate them, ultimately representing marginalized populations and environments. He is an Associate at The Open Workshop, where he has been a leading designer on a number of widely published projects and installations such as New Investigations in Collective Form and the forthcoming Commoning Domesticity at the 17th Venice Biennale (May 2021). His writings, drawings, and research have been published in Bracket [Takes Action], Momentum Magazine, Places Journal, and the Art Journal. Cesar received his BS.Arch at Texas Tech University-El Paso and his M.Arch at California College for the Arts (CCA).



The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Aug 2020 - current

The Open Workshop, San Francisco, CA, US, Associate Designer / Researcher

Oct 2013 - current

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, Lecturer

Studio courses taught:
B.Arch 100A: Fundamentals of Architectural Design (Fall 2019)
M.Arch A202: Option Studio - Border Call Centers (Spring 2020)

Jul 2019 - Jul 2020

Min Design Co, Albuquerque, Project Designer

Aug 2018 - Jul 2020

Academy Of Art University - School of Architecture, San Francisco, CA, US, Lecturer

Studio and courses taught:
B.Arch Studio 2: Hybridity & Transformations (Spring 2017, Spring 2019)
B.Arch Architectural 2D Representation (Spring 2017)

Jan 2017 - May 2019

California College of the Arts, Berkeley, Adjunct Professor

Studio's taught:
M.Arch Studio 3: Experiments in Collective Living (Fall 2017, Fall 2018), Reformatting Land (Teaching Fellow, Spring 2018)

Sep 2017 - Dec 2018

Studio VARA, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer / Job Captain

Jun 2015 - Jul 2018

Urban Works Agency, San Francisco, CA, US, Resilient Design Fellowship

Dec 2017 - May 2018

Surfacedesign, Inc., San Francisco, CA, US, Designer / Project Manager

Aug 2013 - May 2015

IDEA: A Think Invention Team, El Paso, TX, US, Intern/Graphics

May 2011 - Jul 2011

Poetic Spaces, El Paso, TX, US, Designer/Drafter

Nov 2010 - May 2011

PSRBB, El Paso, TX, US, Intern/Drafter/Modeler

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Poetic Spaces, El Paso, TX, US, Intern/Designer

Feb 2008 - Feb 2010

Vertex Contractors, El Paso, TX, US, Drafter/Ass. Project Manager

May 2007 - Sep 2007


California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, MArch, School of Architecture

Sep 2011 - current

Texas Tech University, El Paso, TX, US, BArch, College of Architecture

Sep 2009 - May 2011


Thermal Blatic Bath Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention

"Steam Stratum"
Under the employment of The Open Workshop
(Project Team: Neeraj Bhatia, Cesar Lopez, Blake Stevenson)


2013 Jury Prize, 1st Place

"Borderlands: An Exploitation of the U.S. / Mexico Political Geography"


2013 Thesis Prize, 1st Place

"Borderlands: An Exploitation of the U.S. / Mexico Political Geography"


American Institute of Architects Certificate of Merit, Award


Urban SOS Semi-finalist, Nomination

(Project Team: Aubrey Davidson , Nastaran Mousavi)


Areas of Specialization