Nov 12, 2013
Marcelo Spina is the founder and co-principal, with Georgina Huljich, of Patterns, a design research architectural practice based in Los Angeles known for its inventive approach to architecture, fusing advanced computation techniques with an extended understanding of form, tectonics and material.
Spina joined SCI-Arc in 2001, and has since taught design studios and technical courses and served as the school's Applied Studies coordinator. He has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, a distinguished visiting professor at Tulane University, the Friedman Visiting Professor at the University of California Berkeley and a visiting professor at the Technical University of Innsbruck, Austria. He has previously taught at the National University of Rosario and the Di Tella University in Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Patterns aims at creating artificially singular environments that operate in full proximity with the systems and forces that rhythm material life. Significant works include Jujuy 2056 Apartment Building in Argentina, Land.Tiles installation in Los Angeles and the Snake-Rice sculpture in Korea. Key recent projects include FyF Residence in Rosario and the 8746 Boutique on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Spina's work has received numerous prizes and awards including the third prize in the Young Architect of the year Award in 2003 and first prizes in the competitions for the new SCI-Arc Cafe and the Vertical Garden at the Schindler House in West Hollywood.
Exhibitions have included Glamour: Creating Affluence, at the San Francisco MoMA; Metamorph at the Venice Biennale; the Beijing Biennale in China; Urban Life at the Architectural League of New York; Beyond Media in Florence Italy; and 13 Advices to Architects, hosted by Fundacion Proa in Buenos Aires. P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S' work is part of the permanent architecture collection of the San Francisco MoMA, the MAK Center in Vienna and the Sculpture Collection at Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation in Korea.
Marcelo Spina was born in Rosario, Argentina, and holds a professional degree from the National University of Rosario and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in New York, where he received several honors including the William Kinne Fellowship and the Honor Award for Excellence in Design. He has lectured extensively in the US, South America and Europe and his work has been published internationally in books, exhibition catalogues, magazines and newspapers such as Next Generation Architecture, New Architecture, Architectural Record, Praxis, A+U, Casabella, ICON, Index Architecture, L'Arca, Los Angeles Times, and Sessions (SCI-Arc Press).