Rick De La Cruz


Rick graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master of Architecture in 2011. Prior to architecture Rick focused on a strong qualitative research and academic writing background working under Dr. Harriet Romo of UTSA’s CAPRI center (Child Adolescent Policy Research Institute) on Infant cognition and language acquisition. His interest in architecture was born from his observations in school design and student interactions with the building while he was a teacher as well as his observations of people within the built environment while living in downtown San Antonio. Rick is an observant designer who has studied how individuals and groups approach, interact with, and work within buildings. These studies continue to modify his designs as he proposes the best and most efficient environments in which to work.

His design aesthetic has also been influenced by his involvement with low income families and seeing the impact that planning and building designs have on individuals, families, and communities. Rick has a strong interest in educational architecture and low income/mass housing rooted in his academic research and teaching backgrounds. In 2010 he studied abroad in Spain focusing on mass housing, way-finding graphics, graffiti, and public space. While interning with Habitan Arquitectos in Barcelona and Candid Rogers Studio in San Antonio his emphasis was on graphic design and concept research.

Rick’s diverse interests in architectural graphics, graphic design in architectural interiors and building envelopes, construction administration, and product research culminate in a detail-oriented and well-rounded designer. He sees volunteering for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston as another way to bridge and give back to the community through architecture and art. Recently, Rick volunteered with the AIA Houston’s Michael G. Meyers Committee to help create the space program that is currently being used for the MGMC Architectural Design Competition for local high school students.