JIMENEZ LAI works in the world of art, culture, and education. Early in his career, 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 Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus.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, and the 2017 Designer of the Future Award at Art Basel / Design Miami. In 2014, Lai represented Taiwan at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale. In 2015, Lai organized the Treatise exhibition and publication series at the Graham Foundation. Alongside MoMA, Lai's work has been collected by SFMOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, and LACMA. Currently, Lai is a visiting faculty at Columbia University, and currently heads a Supra Studio at UCLA.
JOANNA GRANT received her M.Arch from Princeton University. Before joining Bureau Spectacular, Grant 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 as a research assistant.
In 2013, Grant became a member of Bureau Spectacular, working on the winning proposal “Township of Domestic Parts” exhibited at the Taiwan Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale. In 2016, she rejoined Bureau Spectacular in collaboration with Jimenez Lai to lead the design of Bureau Spectacular’s 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program proposal, “Pool Party.” She has since led many notable projects, including works for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Arroyo Seco Music Festival, and other ongoing projects. Her product “Snuggle” has been sold by the MOCA store.
Grant’s writing has been published in Log, Pidgin, MAS Context, and Conditions Magazine. Her thesis project “Overly Attached Cute” was featured as an editorial on Archinect. Bureau Spectacular’s works have been widely published and exhibited.
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