Spinagu is an architecture studio dedicated to design, research, and pedagogy, led by Jia Yi Gu and Maxi Spina. We produce traditional architectural projects, such as chess sets, houses, and towers, alongside research-based work such as texts, exhibitions, and public programs. Our architectural investigations are guided by certain discursive interests: systems of representation, material conditions, logics of construction, digital tooling, and modes of display. We are currently based in Los Angeles, California. More info.


By order of appearance

A Ceramics Cafe

Soft Service, Proposal for Everson Art Museum, 2019


A Family House in Argentina




A Secret Object 


In Turn, a chess set for Jai & Jai Gallery, 2015



Some Recent News

Spinagu moves to Montreal (for the summer). Jia is awarded a research grant and joins the doctoral student program Toolkit at the Canadian Center for Architecture.

Jia to join “Formats of Care,” organized by Rosario Talevi and Gilly Karjevsky from June 14-15, Berlin.

Spinagu joins Thesis Super Jury at Syracuse Architecture and final reviews at Harvard GSD, and University of Virginia.

Jia is in conversation with James Leng (Boghosian Fellow ‘19) and Michael Speaks on May 2, 2019.

Thank you Archinect and Anthony Morey for featuring is in the Small Studio Snapshot: “Spinagu Exemplifies a Contemporary Practice with Academia, Profession, Experimentation All Running at Full Steam...”

Maxi presents recent work at Oklahoma State University on February 20, 2019 and Jia presents her curatorial work with Materials & Applications in the lecture “The Work of a Small Architecture Institution” at University of Toronto on February 13.

Spinagu conducts an architecture workshop for Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future at Japan House. 


Jia is guest speaker and moderator for MakeCity Festival at Berlinische Galerie

Maxi joins artists, writers, and musicians for a residency at the MacDowell Colony

Spinagu lecture and discussion at Helms Bakery District as part of Cal Poly LA Metro Program

Jia presents her curatorial work to students in ‘Critical Practices’ at the Art Center’s Media Design Practices (thanks Mimi Zeiger!)

Maxi presents recent work in seminar ‘Novel Form’ at Harvard Graduate School of Design and ‘Representations’ at Penn Design (thanks Volkan Alkanoglu & Nate Home!)

Thick nominated for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize


Momento! launches at the Getty Pacific Standard Time

Spinagu presents work at LA Weekly’s Artopia in downtown’s historic Union Station

Spinagu commissioned to design pavilion for the public launch of Getty Pacific Standard Time in September

Maxi is in conversation with Hernan Diaz Alonso; Thick opens at the SCI-Arc Gallery

Jia lectures in Berlin at the Institute for Architecture

Thick receives a Graham Foundation Grant

Room With A View opens in One Night Stand L

Spinagu participates in CityLab panel LABtalk 3: The Genius of Making


Jia Gu (b. Shanghai, China) is a researcher, designer, and curator with a special interest in critical and conceptual practices in art and architecture. She is Director of Materials & Applications. She received her M.Arch from UCLA and her B.A. from UCSD. 

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, SCI-Arc Gallery, Jai & Jai, Wuho Gallery. He received his M.Arch from Princeton University and a B.Arch from National University of Rosario, Argentina.


970 N. Broadway Ave. no. 206
Los Angeles CA 90012

jia at spinagu.com
maxi at spinagu.com