Liza W. Cruze

is licensed architect in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and has a wide range of experience through her architectural career in projects of varying scale and complexity.


She earned a Masters of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1994. During her undergrad she developed a strong interest in product design and complemented her architectural education with a year's study at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Zurich, Switzerland, and another year's study at the Genoa Furniture Academy in upstate New York.


Liza worked at Edge Architects for two years before accepting a faculty position at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, where she taught full-time for a decade. During this time she and her husband bought and renovated a number of buildings, developing a design/ build approach driven partially by financial constraints and partially by a desire to control the level of craft.


Though Liza continues to teach at CMU as an adjunct professor, these projects ultimately lead her back to architecture. She joined Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 2006, and worked on a number of high-end residences throughout the US as well as a large corporate campus project in Glendale, California. She returned to Cruze Architects in 2012 with a focus on residential and small commercial projects before joining Indovina Associates Architects in 2017.

Notable Projects


Woodland Road House – Pittsburgh, PA

Deep Creek Lake House – Deep Creek, MD

Indian Hill Residence – Pittsburgh, PA

Shelter Island Residence- Shelter Island, NY
Independence Pass Residence, Independence Pass, CO

Paradise Valley Residence, Paradise Valley, AZ



Grand Central Creative Campus -Glendale, CA



Hunter Saw Building – Pittsburgh, PA
The Pear and Pickle Market– Pittsburgh, PA
Salt of the Earth Restaurant– Pittsburgh, PA
5515 Penn Ave Lofts– Pittsburgh, PA ​



2330 Penn Avenue Condominiums -  Pittsburgh PA