Jimenez Lai (Leader) is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. He graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto. Previously, Jimenez Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for MOS, AVL, REX, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Toronto, Rotterdam, and New York. In the past years, Lai has built numerous installations as well as being widely exhibited and published around the world. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus. In 2012, Jimenez Lai has been named a winner to the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects.
Former Members: Kaveh Arbab, Mo Nazmy, Rushabh Parekh, Mark Talbot, Kevin Hayes, Nick Krause, Josh Lowrance, Nick Stoever, Matt van der Ploeg, Jasper Reyes, Cyrus Penarroyo, Thomas J. Kelley, Sophie Kohn, Trudy Watt, Zack Morrison, Senaid Salcin, Matthew Messner, Matthew Schneider, John Donoghue, Aaron Spiering, Katherine Ranieri, Andrew Akins, Peeraya Suphasidh, Allison Reynolds, Frank Gossage.