Cecilia Puga received her architectural degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, having already studied restoration at the Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” in Rome.
After working in the offices of Teodoro Fernández, Montserrat Palmer, Rodrigo Pérez de Arce and Ramón López, she taught project design at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad Andrés Bello (where she was also the director from 2004 to 2007). She has also been a guest professor at the University of Texas School of Architecture (2007), and at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2009). In 2007 she was awarded the Chilean Cement and Concrete Institute prize for House 6 in Ochoalcubo.
Her work has been published in architecture magazines around the world, including Arquine, ARQ, a+u, Casabella, Icon, Mark and Oris, and has been the subject of a monograph in Ediciones ARQ (Santiago, 2007). Her projects have been featured in the 11th, 12th and 15th Architecture Biennials in Santiago, in the official Chilean section of the 11th Venice Biennale and in exhibitions at the University of Texas School of Architecture (2007), in Ordos 100, The inevitable cultural negotiations when building a city in the 21st century (ART Basel, 2009), and at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2009-2010).