CHRISTINA GARZA, Associate AIA

CHRISTINA GARZA, Associate AIA

Cristina Michelle Garza is a native of the Rio Grande Valley, located in the southernmost part of Texas. She grew up in the small border town of Roma, Texas, where her unique upbringing guided her current and distinct career path. Her passion for design and helping others has shaped her educational route and continues to impact her innovation. After completing a degree in Health Science and Communication Disorders at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Cristina worked as a pediatric bilingual speech therapist. During her time as a therapist, she had the opportunity to work with children in various settings that lacked inclusive design.

These efforts, along with her continued passion for interiors, motivated her to return to school, where she pursued her master’s degree in architecture at the University of Texas – San Antonio. Cristina was particularly interested in school environments and healthcare design and focused her studies on therapeutic strategy and creating healthier spaces. Additionally, she focused her attention on historic preservation as both San Antonio and Roma, Texas, are rich in culture and have historical landmarks. This interest allowed her to work over a summer in Taliesin West, Arizona.

Before the pandemic occurred, she found time for hobbies such as volunteering in the special education classroom of her local church, attending concerts, and traveling. Her most recent change occurred shortly after graduation when she and her husband relocated to the Bryan/College Station community to pursue their careers. During this unprecedented past year, she became a mother of one and has now transitioned to a full-time career in architecture while remaining an advocate for special needs children.