Cesar Lopez

Cesar Lopez

Berkeley, CA, US



Cesar Lopez is an architectural designer and researcher interested in architecture’s entanglement with forms of power in the contemporary city. Over the last several years, Cesar has obtained a wide range of experience in professional and speculative practices. Since 2013, he has been a lead designer at The Open Workshop working on a number of award-winning and widely published projects. In addition to being an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts - Architecture Division, Cesar was also selected by the CCA Urban Work Agency for the 2018 Resilient Design Fellowship—where as part of the Resilient By Design, Bay Area Challenge he investigated strategies for mitigating community displacement in areas vulnerable to the impacts of sea-level rise. 

Cesar holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University, College of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the California College of the Arts, where he received the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the Jury Thesis Award. At the moment Cesar works as a Project Designer for Min Design Co. (formally Min | Day) in San Francisco, California where he is working on affordable housing projects.



Min Design Co, San Francisco, CA, Project Designer

Aug 2018 - current

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, 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 - current

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

Oct 2013 - current

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

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