D. Kenneth Sargent Visiting Critics
Spinagu is a creative studio based in Los Angeles, California dedicated to architecture and design, led by Jia Gu and Maxi Spina. The firm produces traditional architectural objects, such as chess sets, houses and towers, alongside conceptual work such as research, exhibitions, and public programs. Spina and Gu are interested in architecture as a cultural practice through which to explore technology, form, history, and materials.
Maxi Spina (b. Rosario, Argentina) is currently Design Faculty and Applied Studies Faculty at SCI-Arc. He was previously the Maybeck Fellow at UC Berkeley, Lecturer at CCA and Associate Professor at Woodbury. His work has been featured in exhibitions at A+D Museum, Jai & Jai, Wuho Gallery. He received his M.Arch from Princeton University and a B.Arch from National University of Rosario, Argentina. He is the Co-Director of Spinagu.
Jia Gu is a researcher, designer and educator with a special interest in critical and conceptual practices in art and architecture. She holds a B.A in Visual Arts with Honors from UCSD and a Master of Architecture with Honors from UCLA. Previous to founding Spinagu, Jia has worked and collaborated with international studios including raumlaborberlin and Something Fantastic. Her work has taken her to Berlin, Shanghai, Anyang, Prague, Torino, and Barcelona. In 2015, she was appointed Executive Director of Materials & Applications. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture at UCLA. She is the Co-Director of Spinagu.