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Duende Design Architects, Inc. is a full service Architecture and Design firm based in San Antonio and founded in 1997 by Eduardo Garcia.

At Duende our focus is the successful interpretation of our clients needs. Success is an outstanding building on time and within budget. We work in areas of building , urban and cultural development, through design. We recognize that a seamless approach to the integration of Art and Architecture can be very rewarding to the user and client.

We have worked to bring this approach to project types as diverse as a million square foot hospital and multi story condominium towers and as small as a 12-seat taqueria.

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Eduardo Garcia, founder and CEO

All of our projects have one thing in common- they receive our thoughtful and cultural sensitivity as designers. We have a strong and diverse body of work that reflects our commitment to quality service and design.

Our commercial centers have been recipients of awards celebrating
a sense of place and we have helped facilitate the redevelopment of Main
Plaza through shade structures and a dynamic art program in the historic heart of downtown San Antonio.

We designed a One Million Square foot Hospital for the University Health System of Bexar County.

San Antonio has a history rooted in both Spain and Mexico. We get our name from the folklore of both Spain and Mexico. The Spanish Flamenco, the meaning of Duende refers to the spirit that fills the artist while performing. In Mexico, Duende refers to a mythical elf like phantasmal being that performs magical tasks. We use Duende to create environments that move the spirit.

At Duende we share our clients vision and design buildings that resolve needs as well as inspire. While constantly looking for clues in the built environment to help shape a project, we seek solutions that inspire a deeper commitment to experience, poetics, and sustainable practices.



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Main Plaza Shade Structure


  • 2016 San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Cultural Tourism Task Force
  • 2016 San Antonio River Authority
    Public Art Steering Committee San Pedro Creek Restoration Project
  • 2015 Centro San Antonio
    Zona Cultural Steering Committee
  • 2015 Leadership San Antonio – Class XL
    San Antonio Chamber of Commerce / Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 AIA Los Angeles AIA / LA NEXT LA HONOR AWARD
    Southwest School of Art Facade
  • 2013 Artist Selection Panel
    Cosa Bond Projects Public Art San Antonio
  • 2010 Appointed to Public Art Board
    City of San Antonio Vice Chair
  • 2010 Appointed to Board of Directors – Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
  • 2010 American Planning Association Award
    Main Plaza Shade Structures
  • 2010 International Achievement Award
    Main Plaza Shade Structures
  • 2009 Design Excellence Award, Artisans Alley
    San Antonio Buisiness Journal
  • 2009 Mayors Appointment, Public Art Board, City of San Antonio Public Art Program
  • 2005 San Antonio Buisiness Journal “Who’s who in architecture, design and Construction”
  • 2004 Interior Design Award
    Best Retail Interior / Texas Downtown Association
  • 2003 Graduate, Alexander Briseno Leadership Development Program – Hispanich Chamber of Commerce
  • Appointment, City of San Antonio Historic and Design Review Commission 1997-2003
  • Chairman, City of San Antonio Historic and Design Review Commission 2000 – 2001
  • Chairman, City of San Antonio Historic and Design Review
  • Public Art Committee 2001-2002
  • Emerging Preservation Leaders Award, 2001
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Forty under Forty / San Antonio Busines Journal 1997
  • Premio MESQUITE / Guadalupe Cultural Arts Cinefestival 1997
  • Graphic Arts Package Award / Young Architects Forum of Denver 1994
  • Graduate Tuition Scholarship Award / University of Colorado 1992
  • Honorable mention, A.I.A.S. International Design Competinion 1991
  • First prize, “River City Symposium”, LA.Tech University 1991
  • Award for Broadcasting Excellence. KLPI-FM Ruston LA 1991
  • Award for Broadcasting Excellence. KLPI-FM Ruston LA 1990
  • Honorable mention, “Speculative Office Building”, San Antonio A.I.A 1986
  • Texas Sculpture Symposium / Student Award 1986



  • Architecture Today – Latinos in Architecture Exhibit, AIA San Antonio
  • Frozen Music – The Architectural Arts of San Antonio, Blue Star Arts Space, 2003
  • Cinefestival, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio 1997
  • Art by Architects, Alpha Gallery, Denver, Colorado 1993, 1994
  • Fax Architecture, Portland, Oregon AIA Chapter 1992
  • Dean’s List Exhibit, Deans Gallery, The University of Colorado at Denver 1992
  • The International Age of Discovery. US Pavilion, Seville, Spain 1991
  • EU-Topos (No place). Thesis show. Moffett Gallery, Ruston, LA 1991
  • Texas Sculpture Symposium Group Show San Antonio 1986



The City of San Antonio

San Antonio Independent School District

University Health System

University Hospital

Hemisfair Park Redevelopment Corporation

The San Antonio Housing Authority

Golf San Antonio

South San Antonio School District

Bexar County Commissioners Court

Centro Partnership

Accion Texas

Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union


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