Cesar Cruz

Associate Teaching Professor of Architecture


Dr. César Antonio Cruz is an architectural educator, phenomenologist, and historian. While at Ball State, he has taught Structural Systems 1 and 2, the CAP First Year design studios and graphics courses, and an Architecture 200-level studio. Before joining Ball State he taught architectural history and theory, building structures, and design as a graduate student teacher and adjunct faculty in Illinois and New Mexico.

Dr. Cruz received his Doctorate from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in August 2016. His pedagogy and research focus on the intersections of architectural phenomenology, history, and design, all of which he brings into the classroom and the design studio. In his structure’s classroom he helps his students go beyond the numbers and calculations in order to develop an intuitive sense for building structures. In studio he espouses architectural design as place making. Throughout he relies on historical examples to help students to see the applications of architectural principles.

As for Dr. Cruz’s architectural history projects, currently he is pursuing a historical/theoretical program through the subject of his doctoral dissertation, the German-Puerto Rican architect Heinrich “Henry” Klumb (1905-1984). He is currently working on the book Puerto Rico’s Henry Klumb: A Modern Architect’s Sense of Place with Routledge Publishing.