Jimenez Lai Taiwanese, b. 1979


Jimenez Lai works in the world of art, architecture and education. Previously, he lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam.  Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for various international offices, including MOS and OMA.  Lai's work has been collected by Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  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 Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus.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. In 2014, Lai designed the Taiwan Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale. In 2015, Lai organized the Treatise exhibition and publication series at the Graham Foundation.