Spinagu



Spinagu is a creative studio dedicated to architecture and design, led by Jia Gu and Maxi Spina. We produce traditional architectural objects, such as rooms, houses and towers, alongside non-traditional projects such as perspective boxes, exhibitions, and chess sets. We are interested in architecture as a cultural practice through which to explore technology, form, history, 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



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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 Speakson 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. 

2018  

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


2017

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


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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.


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

jia at spinagu.com
maxi at spinagu.com

@spinagustudio
#spinagu