Jimenez Lai


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Jimenez Lai
Founder, Bureau Spectacular


Jimenez Lai works in the world of art, culture, and education. Early in his career, 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. Lai worked for various international offices, including MOS and OMA. In 2008, Lai began Bureau Spectacular, which is now partnered with Joanna Grant. 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 Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus.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. 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 teaches at UCLA and Columbia University, and will be heading a UCLA Supra Studio in 2018.

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