ERNESTO RUIZ-GARCIA AIA, LEED AP BD+C
LEAD PROJECT DESIGNER
With a strong belief in design excellence, Ernesto has led design teams on a wide variety of projects nationwide, including higher education, workplace, residential, and cultural buildings. He practices a collaborative design approach, with a passion for implementing design ideas from the big gestures to the smallest building details.
A native of Puerto Rico, Ernesto received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Eager to share his passion for design, Ernesto has taught at the Universidad de Puerto Rico and the University of Minnesota, where he stays involved as a guest critic and mentor for college students.
A vegetarian for 40 years, Ernesto is an avid traveler and landscape photographer, often showing in art shows and with many published and exhibited images. He also enjoys salsa and ballroom dancing (how he met his wife), boating on the St. Croix river, and cooking the important foods: home-made pizza, ice cream, popcorn, and hotcakes.
REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS (while with previous firms)
Luther College Main Building Remodel and Addition, Conceptual Design, Decorah, IA*
Marquette University College of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI*
Mozaic II Office Building, Minneapolis, MN*
Normandale Lutheran Church Chapel Addition, Edina, Minnesota*
Schneiderman’s Furniture Store, Lakeville, MN*
University of St. Thomas Iversen Center for Faith, St. Paul, MN*
College of St. Benedict New Academic Building, Design Development, St. Joseph, MN**
Ordway Center for the Performance Arts, Concert Hall & Production Wing Expansion, St. Paul, MN**
Texas A&M Liberal Arts and Arts & Humanities Building, College Station, TX**
Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN**
Medtronic Mounds View Campus, Mounds View, MN ***
The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, MN***
*Opus AE Group
**HGA Architects and Engineers
***Snow Kreilich Architects