Spinagu is a Los Angeles-based research and design studio that explores architectural ideas and processes through spatial, experimental, and exhibitionary formats. We work within traditional architectural sites, such as walls, rooms, and buildings, alongside cultural projects such as texts, exhibitions, and small institutions. We are currently exploring the uses of color in houses, self-initiated development models, and the role of minor institutions in architecture. We are 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

Piaggio House, a residence in Rosario, 2018


An Exhibition in Sections

Thick, research & exhibition at SCI-Arc Gallery, 2017


An Exhibition in the Round

Leger & Treger, an exhibition system A+D Museum, 2017


A Very Temporary Pavilion

Momento!, a pavilion for Getty Pacific Standard Time, 2017


A Secret Object 

Other Turns, objects for Secret Life of Buildings Exhibition, 2016


Turned Chess Set

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


An Image or an Installation

Room With A View / exhibition of perspective box / Last Call, One Night Stand / 2017


A Speculative Greenhouse

Folly / greenhouse (unbuilt) / 2016


Some News

Spinagu moves to Montreal (for the summer 2019). 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, 2019 in 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 for 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



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.

Jia Yi Gu (b. Shanghai, China) is an architectural historian, educator, and curator with a special interest in critical and conceptual practices in art and architecture. She is Director of MAK Center for Art & Architecture and is a PhD candidate at UCLA Architecture. She received her M.Arch from UCLA and her B.A. from UCSD.


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