cristo bglez

cristo bglez

San Diego/Tijuana



I am a native of the busiest border crossing in the world, the San Diego-Tijuana conurbation. Always exposed to two parallel, yet distinct worlds divided by a frontier. Hence my inspiration in surreal atmospheres, absurd stories and futuristic landscapes. My interest and personal work explores the interplay between digital and analog processes of design, merging architecture with different fields (fine arts, computing and technology) to create fictions where nothing is completely pure and only by contaminating its meaning with art, science and with data, we are able to challenge and detach architecture of previous knowledge of form, function, structure and historical stigmas dragged from the past. Thus focusing on building an architectural outcome over a collective of imperfections produced by an architectural system, including alienated schemes added during the design process, and stretching its capabilities to produce buildings that are not only functional but beautiful and meaningful to our ever changing society. I received my first professional degree from the Department of Architecture at the 'Instituto Tecnologico de Tijuana', Mexico and a Master in Architecture from 'IE Business School' in Madrid, Spain where I was awarded second place honorable mention of the: 'Architecture Practice of the XXI Century' Scholarship Challenge. I also studied at the Royal College of Arts in London. In the past I have participated in several projects around the world with renowned American artist James T. Hubbell. I worked in Tijuana for ‘Generica Arquitectura’ and in San Diego at ‘CSC Architects’ as a Designer / Senior Job Captain for 10 years. During that time I also established ‘Not Enough Space for Tectonics' [NEST], an art/architecture studio, as an interdisciplinary and collective practice researching the relationship between art, architecture and computing, obtaining a Honorable mention for the: 2013 Burningman Airport Terminal and Pilot's Lounge Design Competition. My texts have been published in Bauhaus-Universität Weimar's 'Journal for Architectural Discourse - Horizonte #7', the book 'What is the future of architecture? Vol. 2' and Shht#3 the magazine of untold architecture. My work has been displayed in collective exhibitions such as: 'The Architectural Week Expo' from the I.T.T. School of architecture at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT Museum).


CSC, Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Designer / Senior Job Captain

Feb 2005 - current

Freelancer, Tijuana, MX / San Diego CA / Vladivostok, RU / Yantai, CH , Designer

Feb 2000 - Oct 2004
May 1998 - Jan 2000


IE University, Madrid, ES, MArch, Master in Architectural Managenment & Design

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

Royal College of Art, London, GB, Architecture

Jul 2011 - Jul 2011

Instituto Tecnologico de Tijuana, Tijuana, MX, BArch, Architecture / Urban Planning

Sep 1994 - Sep 1999


Shht#3 'Architecture and Conflict', Other



Excellence in Structural Engineering & People's Choice Award., Honorable Mention


Bauhaus-Universität Weimar's 'Journal for Architectural Discourse - Horizonte #7', Other



'What is the future of architecture? Vol. 2', Other



Honorable Mention: Burningman Airport Terminal & Pilot's Lounge Competition., Honorable Mention


2nd Place Honorable Mention: 'Architectural Practice of the XXI Century' - Scholarship Challenge., 2nd Place


Honorable Mention: AIA Technology in Architectural Practice BIM Awards., Honorable Mention


Best Government/Public Building Project in southern California., Honorable Mention


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