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 current interests include: the history of architectural tools and instruments; digital habits and perceptions; surfaces, seams, and edges; material properties and its digital description; experimental exhibitions and institution-building. We are currently based in Los Angeles, California.

Jia Gu
(b. Shanghai, China) 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 Director of Materials & Applications. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture at UCLA. She is the Co-Director of Spinagu. 

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.


Current Team

Past Team
Abe Wang-Hsuan Kung
Brandon Kintzer
Daniel Arismendys Taveras-Hernandez
Nancy Ai
Neil Vasquez
Nicholas Perseo
Ravyn Crabtree
Ryan Farnam
Stephan Bica
Rishab Jain
Luiza de Souza
Wesley Evans

We offer only a few full-time, stipended internships during the year. We are currently accepting applications for AY2019-2020. If you would like to be considered for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume/cv, and work samples in PDF format to work@spinagu.com


970 N Broadway, Suite 206
Los Angeles CA 90012