Johnny Cruz, Associate Partner, first joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 1996 where he worked until 2000. After a brief move out of New York City, he returned to the office in 2003. His experience with the design of hotels and resorts includes the new Hotel and Private Residences at 30 Park Place, an 80-story tower in New York City, which combines a 175-key five-star Four Seasons hotel with 143 top-end condominium apartments; the Mandarin Oriental, a 45-story tower in Atlanta, Georgia that combines a top-level hotel and condominium residences; Tuhaye Park, a golf clubhouse and health club in Park City, Utah; a master plan for hotels and residential buildings in Hvar, Croatia; and a 2,400-acre master plan for the Harmony Cove Resort and Village in Trelawny, Jamaica. His experience designing multifamily residences at the top of the market includes projects in New York City; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California; Berlin, Germany; and Shanghai and Hangzhou in China. Mr. Cruz served as the Senior Designer for Heart of Lake, a two-million-square-foot high-rise garden suburb in Xiamen, China, which won the 2014 Charter Award of Merit for Best Neighborhood Plan from the Congress for the New Urbanism, the 2014 award for Best Residential Development from MIPIM Asia, and the 2015 International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. He also worked on a private jewel salon for Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store in New York City.
In addition to his experience at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Mr. Cruz worked for Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was a studio director for various residential and commercial projects in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Florida.
Mr. Cruz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and upon graduation attended The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture European Summer School in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Cruz received his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 2002, where he received the Carroll L.V. Meeks Scholarship. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.