Miguel San Miguel

Assistant Professor of Practice


Miguel San Miguel primarily teaches in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s foundation first year and within the Department of Architecture second and third years.  He has held positions at Otis College of Art and Design, Texas A&M University, SCI-Arc, and UCLA while continuing to practice in the professional world.  He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and completed his bachelor of environmental design at Texas A&M University in 1991. He continued his education at UCLA where he directly studied under renowned architects and theorists Barbara Bestor, Hagy Belzberg, Mark Mack, Frank Israel, Judith Sheine, Dagmar Richter, Buzz Yudell, Sylvia Lavin, Anthony Vidler, Robert Somol and 2005 Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne. While at UCLA Miguel won a best thesis award, a Graham Foundation Grant, was the Surface journal managing editor, two-time SOM Travelling Fellowship nominee, and a three-time Graduate Opportunity Fellowship recipient. Miguel received his master of architecture degree, with distinction, from UCLA in 1997.

Miguel has experience in every phase of the design process and professional environment with over twenty years of high-level experience in union with award winning firms, prior to starting his own firm. During his career he has been the lead designer on numerous award-winning projects of various building typologies and scales.  Miguel has been involved with projects totaling over 1,500,000 square feet of space and $200,000,000 in construction costs.

Miguel previously taught at Ball State University from 2010-2013, before returning in Fall 2017. His areas of interest are in design foundations, design communications and methodologies, creativity, integrated-environmental design, building construction systems and materiality, industrialized construction, architectural history, furniture design, and vernacular design.  Miguel has lived and studied in Italy and Guatemala and energetically continues to pursue his own varied architectural interests with extensive travel and study throughout Asia, Western Europe, Central and South America. He has participated in and led multiple academic based travel programs within the United States.  Miguel developed the inaugural CAP – 2013 Japan Study Abroad Immersion Experience that will be returning back to Japan in the summer of 2019.