T38 Studio is an Architecture practice currently based in New York City, where we are working on a diverse range of projects. We are mostly focused on Residential projects and collaborations with Artists and Art Institutions.

We have developed a new model for an architectural practice. It exists on the border between development, architectural design, construction and urban planning. T38 Studio is a collective architecture studio that buys land, master plans it, develops it through financial leverage and acumen, designsand constructs its architectural productions and then studies the results of its work recursively, almost academically. Our office is a conceptual vehicle and an architectural machine for moving between the local circumstances and global ambitions, between techniques based on habit and the radical mixing of conflicting values and practices: developer versus architect; planner versus builder; local versus global.

Our studio practice extends well beyond built structures and pays keen attention to the relationships that exist between the various spaces, ecologies and environments that shape the lives of individuals and broader communities. Our projects respond to the context through a multivalent approach driven by a conviction that architecture is not an end result but rather a skill set for much broader spatial innovation. Conceptualizing the single-family home in new and innovative ways, we have built various affordable housing projects catered towards a new growing demographic of young professionals and their families.

Our work has been exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC, Crown Hall At IIT Chicago, the Boston Society of Architects, Archivo and El Eco Museum in Mexico City.

2016- Arboleda Awarded Best High Rise Residential Development
for Mexico and Latin America at International Property Awards, London
2016- 1st Prize competition by invitation for Residential Building
2014- 1st Prize competition by invitation for Residential Building
2013- Honorable mention Museum Garden Pavilion, London
2013- 1st Prize Boston Regen Competition
2013- Alfonso Medina awarded the Curbed Young Guns Prize
2012- Honorable mention The Peak, Hong Kong competition
2011- Honorable mention in Arquine competition


Alfonso Medina was born in Longview, Texas in 1983. In 2008 he graduated from the Instituto Tecnólogico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) with a degree in architecture having also studied at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. In 2005 he established Taller 38, focused in real estate development and construction, which to this day has built over 30 different housing projects. In 2009 he established T38 studio, an architecture, design and research office based in New York City and Tijuana. In 2010 he graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) with a Master in Design and Research. From 2011 to 2012 he led architectural design studios at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana and was an assistant professor and guest critic at SCI-ARC. He has been an invited critic at the AA, Pratt, UCLA and Columbia among others. From 2012 to 2013 he was a Visiting Professor in Architecture at the Ecole Speciale d’ Architecture in Paris. In 2013 he was awarded the Curbed Young Guns Award.



Joseph Ruiz Tapia was born in San Diego, Ca in 1990. Having studied in Barcelona and Berlin he graduated from Woodbury University in San Diego in 2013 with a Bachelors of Architecture, from where he was merited the Frankel Award for best undergraduate degree project. In 2014 Joseph is awarded a scholarship to collaborate with the Hamburg based architectural firm GMP in a projection for an exhibition institution in Brooklyn during which he lived and worked in Germany.
Prior to becoming the office director of T38 Studio New York in 2013, Joseph worked at CroStudio in Tijuana and San Diego. Joseph has been project leader for T38 Studio in various projects mainly focused on housing in Mexico, Boston, Denver, New York and London.