Johnny Cruz, Partner, first joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 1996 and has been a Partner in the firm since 2019. He has been responsible for the design of a diverse body of work including large-scale planning projects, mixed-use developments, multifamily residential buildings, hotels and resorts, and institutional buildings. He is presently leading the design of a new multifamily residential building in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota; and a pair of residential towers in Vancouver, Canada.
Mr. Cruz's 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.
His experience with the design of hotels and resorts includes 30 Park Place, an 80-story tower in New York City, which combines a 189-key five-star Four Seasons hotel with 157 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 640-acre master plan for a resort town in central Florida; 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.
Mr. Cruz's other projects for the office include the LEED Platinum Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado at Boulder; the Santa Monica Campus of the UCLA Health System in Santa Monica, California; and 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 Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame 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, where he was awarded the Carroll L.V. Meeks Scholarship. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, and the Regional Plan Association.