Mario Cruzate, Senior Associate, joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 2006. His master planning projects for the office include Heart of Lake, a two-million-square-foot high-rise garden suburb in Xiamen, China; and the design for a new city square and pedestrian plaza in Almaty, Kazakhstan. His residential projects include Nanjing Qinglong Lake, a two-million-square-foot residential development set within a former arboretum in Nanjing, China; Jinjiang Uptown, a mixed-use development in Jinjiang, China; a 100,000 m2 development in Changchun, China; and a family compound on The Peak; a multi-building residential compound on Strawberry Hill; and a residential development at Mount Nicholson Road, all in Hong Kong. In the United States, Mr. Cruzate also worked on The Harrison, a multifamily residential building in New York City.
Mr. Cruzate's hospitality projects include contributing to the design of a five-star hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan; and serving as Project Architect for the Marco Polo Hotel in Changzhou, China. His institutional projects for the office include the design of a new admissions building for Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York; and the LEED Platinum George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He has also served as the Project Architect for a private residence in Berlin, Germany.
Prior to joining Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Mr. Cruzate worked for Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and for TD Architects of Nicosia, Cyprus.
Mr. Cruzate's work has been published in Architect, The New York Times, and Future-Proofing 02: Stuart Lipton, Richard Rogers, Chris Wise and Malcolm Smith (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007).
Mr. Cruzate received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Pratt Institute where he received a Design Excellence Award and the Eleanor Allwork Scholarship from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Cruzate studied abroad through the Pratt Institute Rome Program and at L’École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University where he received the Robert Leon Coombs Scholarship. Mr. Cruzate is a registered architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects.