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

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 Colon; Spinagu lecture and discussion with Spinagu 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 ArchitectureThick receives a Graham Foundation Grant; Room With A View opens in One Night Stand L; Spinagu joins the CityLab 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