Jia Yi Gu (b. Shanghai, China) is a researcher, designer and curator whose work is focused on architecture and exhibitions. 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 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 is currently curator and director of Materials & Applications and co-director of the research & design studio Spinagu with Maxi Spina. She teaches History/Theory as Visiting Artist at the California College of Arts and is the 2019 D. Kenneth Sargent Visiting Critic at Syracuse University. She has taught History/Theory and Studio courses at SCI-Arc, USC, and Cal Poly Metro, and served as Associate Director of the UCLA A.UD Summer Institute.
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 and the Canadian Center for Architecture.