Spinagu is a creative studio dedicated to architecture and design, formed of Jia Gu and Maxi Spina. We produce traditional architectural projects, such as rooms, houses, and towers, alongside non-traditional objects, such as text, exhibitions, and chess sets. We are interested in architecture as a conceptual practice through which to engage culture, technology, form and materials. We are currently based in Los Angeles, California.

Piaggio House / residence / Rosario Argentina / 2018

Thick / research & exhibition / SCI-Arc Gallery / 2017

Leger & Treger / exhibition display system / CityLAB Times 10, A+D Museum / 2017

Momento! / Pavilion / The Getty Pacific Standard Time / 2017

Other Turns / object / Secret Life of Buildings Exhibition, UT Austin / 2016

In Turn / chess set / Chess, Jai & Jai Gallery / 2015

Folly / greenhouse (unbuilt) / 2016


Some News

June 22       Jia moderates a discussion between Angela McRobbie, cultural theorist and Tatjana Turanskyj, film maker as part of MakeCity Festival at Berlinische Galerie
June            Maxi joins artists, writers, and musicians for a residency at the MacDowell Colony
May 17        Lecture and discussion with Spinagu at Helms Bakery District as part of Cal Poly LA Metro Program
Mar 21        Jia presents her curatorial work to students in ‘Critical Practices’ at the Art Center’s Media Design Practices 
March        Maxi presents recent work in seminar ‘Novel Form’ at Harvard Graduate School of Design 
Jan ‘18       Thick nominated for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

Sept 14     Momento! launches at the Getty Pacific Standard Time
August    Spinagu presents work at LA Weekly’s Artopia in downtown’s historic Union Station
August     Spinagu commissioned to design pavilion for the public launch of Getty Pacific Standard Time in September
July 28     Maxi is in conversation with Hernan Diaz Alonso 
July 07     Thick opens at the SCI-Arc Gallery
June 07    Jia lectures in Berlin at the Institute for Architecture
July 01     Thick receives a Graham Foundation Grant
May 10     Room With A View opens in One Night Stand LA
April 7     Spinagu join the final panel LABtalk 3: The Genius of Making


Recent & Current:

Thick / ¡Momento! / Room With A View / Leger & Träger / In Turn / Other Turns / Folly / Piaggio House / Jujuy Redux

Jia Gu (b. Shanghai, China) is a 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 the co-founder of Spinagu. He 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