Jia Yi Gu (b. Shanghai, China) is a curator, scholar, and exhibition-maker working at the intersections of art and architecture. Her work focuses on histories of knowledge production and display practices across disciplines, with an emphasis on objects, exhibitions, and representational histories. Over the past decade, she has developed a pedagogical and curatorial practice centering on research-based exhibitions and the production of alternative situations and environments, alongside the critique and transformation of institutional practices.


She is currently director and curator of MAK Center for Art and Architecture. From 2014-2020, she served as director of Materials & Applications, a Los Angeles based project space for experimental architecture. In 2016, she co-founded the architecture research & design studio Spinagu with Maxi Spina.

She is currently a PhD candidate in UCLA Critical Studies in Architecture. Her doctoral research investigates the instrumentality of models in the postwar architecture office as a site of demonstration for architectural expertise. She has presented her research at colloquiums and conferences at ETH Zurich, Society of Architectural Historians, and The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. 

She was the 2019-2021 Visiting Artist at the California College of Arts and the 2019 D. Kenneth Sargent Visiting Critic at Syracuse University. She holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego with Honors and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California Los Angeles where she graduated with distinction and received the Alpho Rho Chi medal. Prior to Los Angeles, she has worked internationally in Berlin, Barcelona, and Anyang with raumlaborberlin, Something Fantastic, and Kyong Park.

She has contributed written work to LOG, e-flux Architecture, Offramp and MAS Context. Her projects have been recognized and supported by UCLA, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Pasadena Arts Alliance, Bentley Library at the University of Michigan, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.

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