Profile

Maxi Spina Architecture (MSA) is an award-winning architectural design firm, based in Los Angeles, CA, and with built work in Argentina.  MSA’s body of work investigates how issues of differential geometry, computation and new means of fabrication influence the emergence of novel formal and tectonic logics for architecture.  The firm pursues independent commissions that range in scale from urban and architectural interventions to small scale installations. Notable projects include Jujuy Redux, a recently completed multi-family Housing in Argentina, Finalist for the Architizer A+ Awards, and recipient of the American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum; an AIA-LA Merit Award; an Honorable Mention by Architect Magazine Annual Design Review; as well as a Faculty Design Award by ACSA. Other projects include MSA’s entry for the Keelung Ferry & Cargo Terminal International competition in Taiwan; as well as a series of small prefabricated installations that explore tectonic conditions mediated through a computational field of influences. Current projects include a mix-used High-rise in Ghana; a modular, textile-based shading structure for Woodbury University; and single-family House in Argentina. MSA’s work has been exhibited in a number of galleries in Los Angeles, including A+D Museum, WUHO, Jai & Jai, and in the On the Road exhibition series. In addition, the firm’s work has been published widely in the US, Argentina, Italy, Spain and China, in journals such as Casabella, Praxis, Summa+, Plot, Architect Magazine, The Architect Newspaper, Arquine, Pidgin, TARP, ReVista, as well as in on-line journals such as Arch Daily, Evolo and suckerPUNCH.

 

Maxi Spina

Maxi Spina is the Founding Principal of MSA; he has lectured widely on his research and teaching, as well as on MSA’s speculative and built projects; recent lectures have been in Rome, Italy; UCLA-Jump Star, Lund University, University of Florida at Gainesville, and UC Berkeley. Maxi has discussed his work as well in conferences and symposia on issues related to geometry, computation and novel means of material technology; recently he presented papers in ACSA and TxA Interactive annual conferences in San Francisco, Miami and Fort Worth. Maxi has maintained an active academic career; he is an Associate Professor at Woodbury University, and has taught at CCA, National University of Rosario, and UC Berkeley, where he earned a Maybeck Fellowship in 2007-08. Throughout his career, he has actively worked as a designer for Daniel Libeskind and Neil Denari , among others. Maxi received his M.Arch from Princeton University and a B.Arch from National University of Rosario, Argentina. Curriculum Vitae.