Cesar Lopez

Cesar Lopez

Berkeley, CA, US



Cesar A. Lopez is a designer in San Francisco, California whose work and research explores the political interfaces of architecture, urbanism and geography.

César is a former artist in residence at the 2012 Zero1 Biennale Seeking Silicon Valley in San Jose, California, the 2012 Northern Sparks Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota and had a featured installation in the 2012 Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Urban Prototyping Festival in San Francisco, California. His collaborations have been exhibited in the 101st ACSA New Constellations/New Ecologies exhibition and the 2012 AECOM Urban SOS exhibition. Cesar’s thesis, Borderlands: An Exploitation of the U.S /Mexico Political Geography was awarded the 2013 CCA Thesis Prize. Cesar is currently an Associate Designer / Researcher at The Open Workshop in San Francisco, developing projects at the urban and infrastructural scale. 

Cesar graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University CoA El Paso prior to obtaining a Masters in Architecture from the California College of the Arts where he was awarded the 2013 AIA Certificate of Merit. His thesis "Borderlands: An Exploitation of the U.S. / Mexico Political Geography" was awarded the 2013 Thesis Prize, the 2013 Jury Prize and will be featured in the upcoming issue of Bracket [Takes Action].



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

Oct 2013 - current

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

El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX, US, Architecture/Arts

Sep 2007 - Jul 2009


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)


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