Dale Cruse is a San Francisco architecture photographer

His parents thought he’d grow up to be an architect. They weren’t far off.

As a kid, all Dale wanted to do was play with LEGO. He’d get a new set, look at the pieces, & often build without instructions. Those LEGO blocks built his approach to angles, lines, & color. 

Dale grew up near Chicago. When his family drove to the city, his face was stuck against the car window, gazing up at all the amazing architecture. It was like his LEGO creations come to life! 

Dale discovered his calling as a U.S. Army photojournalist during the transition from analog to digital. Deployed to Bosnia & Croatia, he felt drawn to all the buildings damaged during the long civil war. Doing so, he became one of the early warchitecture photographers. 

All these years later, Dale’s still looking up. He now creates colorful San Francisco architecture photos. His LEGO never looked this good! 

His work’s been published by The American Institute of Architects, Archinect, Bloomberg, Bob Vila’s Instagram, Hoodline, Huffington Post, KQED, L.A. Weekly, Le Monde, Metropolis Magazine, My Modern Met, New York Magazine, SFHeritage, SFist, Stars & Stripes, & more. 

Dale, his wife Heather, & their two Maine Coon mixes, own a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian. Three of them shed a lot.