Teddy Cruz received the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991 and in 1997 received a Master in Design Studies from Harvard’s University Graduate School of Design. In 2005, he was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture On The City Prize, by the Canadian Center of Architecture and the London School of Economics. In 2008, he was selected to represent the US in the Venice Architecture Biennale, and was part of the important exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010. In 2011, he was recipient of the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture by French National Museum of Architecture and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America by Fast Company Magazine. Teddy Cruz is currently a professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego, and the co-founder of the Center for Urban Ecologies.