Jia Gu is an architect and curator with a special interest in critical practices in architecture and design. She has worked for over a decade and across three continents developing new possibilities for architectural and spatial interventions in the city, new cultural infrastructures for architects and designers, and collaborative models to transforming sites, situations, and practices.
Her past projects include The Institute of _________ a temporary knowledge exchange center for Barcelona’s Festival of Architecture with Valentina Karga, Pieterjan Gandry, and Rosario Talevi; raumlaborkorea, an intervention and research unit for the Anyang Public Art Project; and House of Contamination, an experimental museum designed to host Artissima’s curatorial programme, in collaboration with raumlaborberlin.
In Los Angeles, as recently appointed Director of Materials & Applications, she has curated and programmed TURF: A Mini-Golf Project; The Kid Gets Out of the Picture, a pictorial intervention in the M&A Courtyard; and Zoning & Its Applications, a public program exploring the social and political implications of zoning with the Los Angeles Poverty Department and Rosten Woo. Her upcoming project Privacies Infrastructure with Aurora Tang explores the visual culture of privacy and privatization in Los Angeles’ residential landscape.
She holds a B.A in Visual Arts from UCSD and a Master of Architecture from UCLA. In 2015, she was appointed Director of Materials & Applications. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture at UCLA and directs the creative studio Spinagu.