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Andrew Cruse, AIA

  • Associate Professor, Architecture Section
235 Knowlton Hall

Andrew Cruse is an associate professor of architecture at the Knowlton School, as well as a practicing architect. He is a member of the AIA, NCARB and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Cruse’s research focuses on architecture and energy. His recent projects include the exhibition “In the Air: Seeing architectural climates,” at the Ohio State Banvard Gallery, and academic presentations including “Are you comfortable now?: Interior climate and comfort models” at the 5th International Congress on Construction History. As part of his design practice, he is currently working on a glass pavilion on the Novartis Campus in Basel Switzerland.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Knowlton School, Cruse was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St Louis (2010-2013), and an Associate at Machado and Silvetti Associates in Boston (2000-2010). At Machado and Silvetti, he was project manager for a number of cultural and institutional projects. He has also worked at other architecture and landscape offices in San Francisco, New York and Tel Aviv.

Cruse earned his BA in Art History from Columbia University and his M.Arch from Rice University. While at Rice, he spent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Barcelona, Spain.

Recent Work


Heterotropica is a speculation on the capacity of architecture, technology and landscape to harness tropical climate in ways that produce new architectural and urban forms. It encourages a range of experiences that tie buildings, landscapes and cities to bodies and their comforts. Heterotropica resists a clear classification of building or park, but instead draws on the megadiverse Malaysian biome to present miniatures of a Mountain and a Cloud Forest. These microcosms renders the city and landscape visible and hence a possible domain of reflection and action. Their forms are used to produce wonder and marvel; they inspire the viewer to look beyond normative practice and strict economic values.