Carlos Arnaiz


Carlos Arnaiz is an architect, educator, writer, and urban design consultant. He is the founder and principal of Brooklyn-based design studio CAZA and the co-founder of SURBA, an urban design think-tank that uses data and analysis to improve urban policy and development.

In his practice and research, Carlos advocates for more equitable, sustainable, and socially engaged forms of architecture, planning, and development. He has led the design of projects around the world ranging from civic and community institutions, affordable housing prototypes, strategic sustainability plans for new and developing cities, and mixed-use towers and complexes. His recent projects include the Camsur Capitol Building (Camsur, Philippines), Victorias Eco-Hub (Negros, Philippines), and the Haishu Waterfront District (Ningbo, China).

Carlos currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, where he teaches a class on the history of ideas about the city and a studio on multi-family housing. He holds a Master’s Degree with Honors from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Williams College.

His work has received awards, including the prestigious Architectural Review Emergent Architecture Award (2016), two Progressive Architecture Awards (2008, 2009), the AIANY Building Merit Award (2008) and recognition as one of the 50 Top Innovators under 50 for the 21st Century. His projects have been featured in ARCHITECT Magazine, Metropolis, Surface, Blueprint Kerb, 50UNDER50, and Dialogue.