Gerald Jason Cruz is an aspiring architect who engages with the built environment. His interest in design and planning stems from his experience living in Manila, Philippines, where he believes architecture has the power to better the lives of others.
He is currently a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi and is expected to graduate in 2024. Previously, he was a Filipino Scholar at the International School Manila.
His practice in design and architecture has been extensive. Jason has interned at numerous firms in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia– including Aidea, the largest architecture firm in the Philippines. He is also the recipient of distinguished awards such as the 2022 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award and the 2021 Abu Dhabi Art Pavilion Prize. His work has been exhibited in the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Singapore.