Jia Yi Gu (b. Shanghai, China) is an architectural historian, educator, and curator who works on, thinks about, and occasionally writes about minor institutional spaces, ethics of care, and labor in architectural practices.

Recent Activities (Selected) July 2020

Presented “Analogue Models and Cardboard Cutters in Eero Saarinen & Associates, 1956-1959,” Doctoral Talks, ETH Zürich, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), July 23, 2020.

Co-organized “What is an Anti-racist Architectural History?” GAHTC Workshop and Roundtable. Co-organized with Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis II, Ana María León, and Mabel O. Wilson

Conversation with Ana Miljacki in “Conversations on Care,” MIT Critical Broadcasting Lab + WAWD? Radio, May 5, 2020.

“Understanding the Architectural Model,” Research workshop. Organizers: Maristella Casciato, Gary Fox, Emily Pugh. Getty Research Institute, March 10-11, 2020.

Essay contribution “Formats of Care” in Log 48: Expanding Modes of Practice (ed. Bryony Roberts), Winter 2020

Awarded Gunnar Birkert Research Fellowship from UoM Bentley Library, Checkpoint Charlie Fund (with Gilly Karjevsky, Rosario Talevi, and Mimi Zeiger) and Pasadena Arts Alliance exhibition grant

Short essay contribution “Sketchpad” on haptic instruments to exhibition catalogue of The Architecture Machine, curated by Teresa Fankhänel, Munich Architecture Museum.

Curatorial program Staging Construction at Materials & Applications with MAK Center for Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, October 2019

Invited Participant to Curator’s Forum, organized by EXPO Chicago and ICI with Chicago Architecture Biennale

Appointed D. Kenneth Sargent Visiting Critic (with Maxi Spina), School of Architecture, Syracuse University, Fall 2019 

Lectured “Rooms That Miss The Point,” Fall Lecture Series, Syracuse University, Oct. 1, 2019

Appointed Visiting Artist/Faculty, School of Architecture, California College of Arts, Fall 2019

Lectured “The Institution Is a Proposition,”  Architecture Lecture Series, California College of the Arts, Oct. 7, 2019

Research Residency at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Doctoral Students Program 

Invited Panelist to Formats of Care: Reclaiming Feminist Social Practice Working Symposia, Universität der Künste, Berlin, June 14, 2019

Invited Speaker to Bogosian Fellowship Exhibition Talk with Michael Speaks and James Leng, Syracuse University, School of Architecture, May 3, 2019

Thesis Critic, Super Jury, Undergraduate Thesis Projects, Syracuse University, School of Architecture

Guest Critic, Core IV  Reviews, Harvard Graduate School of Design, May 2019 

Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Society of Architectural Historians, 2017-Present

Lecturer/Presenter, “The Work of a Small Architecture Institution” Midday Talks, University of Toronto, Daniels School of Architecture, February 13, 2019

Lecturer/Presenter, “Instituting Architecture,” Exploring Design Practice, University of Toronto, Daniels School of Architecture, February 13, 2019
“Architecture On Display,” History/Theory Seminar, Cal Poly SLO LA Metro Program, Winter 2019

Privacies Infrastructure, Materials & Applications, Los Angeles, July 21-September 2018 (Co-curated with Aurora Tang)

Bergfried: Activating the Ground Floor,” Guest Speaker with Atelier Fanelsa, MakeCity Festival of Architecture & Urban Alternatives, Berlin, June 24, 2018 (Thanks to Rosario Talevi)

Making a Living in the New Culture Industries,” Moderator and Presenter, Berlinische Gallerie with MakeCity, Berlin, June 22 2018
“The Real and the Rendered,” Lecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Lecture Series, Helms Bakery, May 2018 (with Spinagu)
Guest Critic, Undergrad/Graduate Thesis Reviews,  California College of the Arts, April 2018
“The Institution is a Proposition” Curatorial Talk, Media Design Practices, Art Center, March 22 2018 (Thanks to Mimi Zeiger
“Architecture On Display,” History/Theory Seminar, Cal Poly SLO LA Metro Program, Spring 2018
“History of Architectural Ideas I,” History/Theory Seminar, SCI-Arc, Spring 2017, 2018
Project Grant Award for Privacies Infrastructure, Pasadena Arts Alliance, January 2018

Collective Correctives #1: On/Off,” Co-organizer, M&A / 2426 SET, October 2017 
New Forensics: Scenarios and Simulated Environments,” Co-organizer with Laida Aguirre, M&A / 2426 SET, August 19, 2017
Exhibition/Production Grant Award, Graham Foundation for Advanced Study, 2017
Common Field Convening, Los Angeles, November 2–5, 2017 (Organizing Partner)
“Design Cultures,” Liberal Arts Seminar, SCI-Arc, Fall 2017
Institutions, Installations, Instruments,” Lecture, TU Berlin Architecture, June 16 2017

Associate Director, UCLA Architecture & Urban Design Summer Institute, 2014-2017
Graduate Student Lighting Talks, Co-Chair, SAH Annual Conference, Glasgow, June 2017

Guest Critic, Graduate Thesis Reviews,  Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, June 2017 
“Room With A View,” Installation, One Night Stand: Last Call, Curated by Jennifer Bonner, Kyle Miller, and Volkan Alkanoglu, Vikings Motel, Los Angeles, May 20 2017 (with Spinagu)
Can A Building Own Itself? A Blockchian Workshop” Co-organizer, M&A / Navel, May 11, 2017
In and Out of Pictures”, Panelist, Symposium, UCLA A.UD, Los Angeles, April 2017

“Zoning & Its Applications”, M&A / Los Angeles Poverty Department and Rosten Woo, March 2017 (Co-organizer)

“Collaboratory: A Column is a System,” Exhibition Review, ArtPapers, January 2017 
“Modernism I,” Teaching Associate to Associate Professor Michael Osman, Winter 2018, Winter 2017 
“Introduction to Architectural Theory,” Teaching Associate to Professor Sylvia Lavin, Fall 2017
Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2016
Critical Studies MA/PhD Colloquium, Co-Organizer, UCLA A.UD, Los Angeles,  2015-2016
Curatorial Assistant, “The New Creativity: Man and Machine” Sylvia Lavin, 2015

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