JIMENEZ LAI works in the world of art, architecture and education. Previously, Jimenez Lai 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 various international offices, including MOS and OMA. Lai is widely exhibited and published around the world, including the MoMA-collected White Elephant. His first book, 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 Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus. Lai has won various awards, including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale. In 2014, Lai designed theTaiwan Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale. In 2015, Lai organized the Treatise exhibition and publication series at the Graham Foundation.
MAN-YAN LAM is a designer and teaches architecture. Hailing from the shores of New Jersey, Man-Yan attended university at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked in architecture and tangential fields at firms and universities in Paris, Singapore, and New York. She attempted to write a building for her thesis, and tried to get others to do the same. After completing her M.Arch at Princeton University in 2014, Man-Yan moved to Los Angeles, teaching design studio at University of Southern California and practicing architecture. She previously worked at Michael Maltzan Architecture on a variety of books, master plans, and renovations. She joined Bureau Spectacular in 2016 where she continues to enjoy the dual engagement with architecture in the office and in academia.
JOANNA GRANT received her M.Arch from Princeton University. She has worked for architecture offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen for a diverse range of internationally renowned firms, including the L.A. based firm, Johnston Marklee & Associates. She has previously worked with Beatriz Colomina on a research projects of couples in architecture, as well as the Danish office ADEPT Architects in their Chinese satellite firm. In 2013 she became a member of Bureau Spectacular, assisting in multiple competitions in which they were awarded honorable mentions or finalists, and the winning proposal for the Taiwan pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale. Joanna curates the blog "Cloudzwatching," which features student design work from schools across the United States. She has contributed to Conditions Magazine and Nova Organa, and recently organized a conference at Princeton University called "& Delight" with Kevin Pazik. Her work has been described as "Takashi Murakami meets Mario Botta." She likes rainbowy, cute and fluffy architecture. And Postmodernism.
Jimenez Lai, Joanna Grant, Manyan Lam, Eric Lawler, Sohun Kang, Isaac Howell
Kaveh Arbab, Mo Nazmy, Rushabh Parekh, Mark Talbot, Kevin Hayes, Matt van der Ploeg, Jasper Reyes , Josh Lowrance, Nick Stoever, Nick Krause, Thomas Kelley, Cyrus Penarroyo, Andrew Akins, Sophie Kohn, Trudy Watt , Zack Morrison, Katherine Ranieri, Senaid Salcin, Matthew Messner, Matthew Schneider, John Donoghue, Aaron Spiering, Peeraya Suphasidh, Allison Reynolds, Alex Culler, Frank Gossage, Felipe Oropeza Jr, Manon Brissaud-Frenk, Eugenia Macchia, Shun-Ping Liu, Jacob Waas, Ann Lok Lui, Dirk van der Meij, Kevin Pazik, Joanna Grant, Jeffrey Anderson, Ana Moriyon, Ingui Ryu, Ed Crooks, Terrence Hector, Jacob Comerci, Jesse Hammer, Eric Hsu, Pauline Chen, May Wang, Heidi Alexander, Brian Daugherty, Asli Tusavul, Roojiar Sadeghilalabadi, Steve Martinez, Tatiana Southey-Bassols, Mark Kamish.