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Marcelo Spina

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Marcelo Spina
Born(1970-07-23)July 23, 1970
Rosario, Argentina
Occupation(s)Architect, Educator
SpouseGeorgina Huljich

Marcelo Spina (born July 23, 1970) is an Argentinean-American architect (AIA) and educator.[1] He is a partner in Los Angeles-based architecture firm PATTERNS, which he founded in 2002. Since 2001, he has been a Design and Applied Studies Faculty at SCI-Arc.[2]


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He holds a B.Arch. from the National University of Rosario, Argentina (1994) and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University in New York (1997).[2]

Spina has worked for RUR Architects and Keller Easterling in New York and Gerardo Caballero Architects.[3] He opened his own office Banchini + Spina Arquitectos in Rosario, Argentina (1998-2002).[4][5] At SCI-Arc, he was the coordinator of the Applied Studies Program from 2005 to 2009[6] and the Architectural Technologies Postgraduate Program from 2011 to 2019.[7] He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2016.[8]

Juries and advisory

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He has served on national juries and advisory boards such as The Architectural League of New York, Progressive Architecture Awards and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize.[9][10] He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Syracuse, Harvard, Berkeley, Vienna, Innsbruck, and Di Tella among others.[11][12][13][14] In 2013, he was the Louis I. Kahn visiting assistant professor of Architectural Design at Yale University School of Architecture.[14]

As co-author

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Spina is the co-author of PATTERNS Embedded (ACDCU, 2010),[15] Material Beyond Materials (SCI-Arc Press 2012) [16] and Mute Icons and other Dichotomies of the Real in Architecture (Princeton 2016).[17][18] He co-curated Matters of Sensation at Artists Space with Georgina Huljich.[19]


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  • Jujuy Redux Apartment in Rosario, Argentina (2012)[20]
  • Prism Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2009)[21]
  • Zhixin Hybrid office building in Chengdu, China (2010)[22][23]
  • FYF Residence in Rosario, Argentina (2009)[24]
  • League of Shadows even structure in Los Angeles, California (2013)[25][26]
  • MOCA Textile Room Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA (2012)[27]
  • The White Album Performance, New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA (2019)[28]
  • Land Tiles Temporary Installation, Los Angeles, CA (2003)[29]
  • Snake-Rice Sculpture, Icheon, South Korea (2003)[30]
  • Jujuy 2056 Apartment in Rosario, Argentina (2003) [31][32]

Awards and Recognition

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2019: AIA LA Merit Award, Casa del Sol, Mykonos

2017: AIA LA Merit Award, Janoian Medical Building, Glendale, CA

2016: AIA LA Merit Award, Victory Healthcare, North Hollywood, CA[33]

2015: ACSA Faculty Award, Toronto, Canada[34]

2014: American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum, Jujuy Redux, with MSA[33]

2013: United States Artists Grigor Fellow, Los Angeles[35]

2012: Honorable Mention, Jujuy Redux, AIA Annual Design Review[36] AIA LA Merit Award, Jujuy Redux, Rosario, Argentina[37] AIA LA Honor Award, Collective Void Dormitory, Puerto Rico[38][39] First Prize, SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition, Los Angeles, CA[40]

2011: Emerging Voices, Architectural League of New York, NY[3]

2008: Graham Foundation Grant, "Matters of Sensation" Artists Space, New York, NY[41]

2007: Honorific Mention, International Competition, Skopje Concert Hall, Skopje, Macedonia[42]

2006: First Prize, Vertical Garden Invited Competition, MAK Center at the Schindler House, Los Angeles, CA[30]

2004: Design Vanguard Selection, Architectural Record, New York, NY[43]

2003: First Prize, SCI_Arc CafÈ, SCI-Arc Faculty Competition, Los Angeles, CA[44] Third Prize, Young Architect of the Year Award, International Award Competition, Building Design, London, UK[45]

1997: Honor Award for Excellence in Design, Columbia University, GSAPP, New York, NY[46] William Kinne Prize[47]

Among other places, his designs have most notably been exhibited at the Venice Biennale in Italy,[48] MOCA,[49] The Chicago Biennial,[50] The MAK Museum,[51] The Art Institute of Chicago,[52] and the San Francisco MOMA.[53]


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  1. "The Good Design Awards". Good-designawards.com. Archived from the original on 2020-07-10. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Marcelo Spina - SCI-Arc". Sciarc.edu.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Graduate Architecture - Weitzman School". Upenn.edu. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  4. "Guillermo Banchini - Syracuse Architecture". Soa.syr.edu. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  5. "Pratt Institute". Pratt.edu.
  6. "Difference and Repetition - ReVista". Harvard.edu. Archived from the original on 2020-07-10. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  7. "Marcelo Spina - Winter Lecture Series 2017 - IAAC". Iaac.net. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  8. "Board of Trustees - SCI-Arc". sciarc.edu.
  9. "Marcelo Spina - Syracuse Architecture". Syr.edu.
  10. "The 61st Annual Progressive Architecture Awards - Architect Magazine". Architectmagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  11. "Marcelo Spina ñ Syracuse Architecture". Syr.edu.
  12. "SCI-Arc Offers Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program - ArchDaily". Archdaily.com. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  13. "Marcelo Spina, PATTERNS on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 2010-11-17.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Against the Grain - Yale Architecture". Yale.edu.
  15. "PATTERNS Book Launch: "EMBEDDED" - ArchDaily". Archdaily.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  16. "Material beyond materials : composite tectonics / edited by Marcelo Spina & Marcelyn Gow - Smithsonian Institution". Si.edu.
  17. "Graham Foundation - Grantees - Georgina Huljich & Marcelo Spina". Grahamfoundation.org.
  18. "Mute Icons - Actar Publishers". Actar.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  19. "Matters of Sensation". Artistsspace.org.
  20. "6 Architects & Designers among list of the 2012 USA Fellows". Bustler.net. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  21. "FyF Residence / P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S - ArchDaily". Archdaily.com. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  22. "Zhixin Hybrid Office Building / P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S - ArchDaily". Archdaily.com. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  23. "Zhixin Hybrid Office Building - Jidipi". Jidipi.com. Retrieved 2020-04-07.[permanent dead link]
  24. "FyF Residence / P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S - ArchDaily". Archdaily.com. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  25. "SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition Library Exhibition - ArchDaily". Archdaily.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  26. "L.A. architecture school is poised to spread its wings - Los Angeles Times". Latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  27. "P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Textile Room Pavilion for MOCA - Supported Programs". Haudenschildgarage.com.
  28. "REVIEW: JOAN DIDIONíS - THE WHITE ALBUM,NOW IN LIVING COLOR". Ucla.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  29. "Land.Tiles ñ Materials Applications". Materialsandapplications.org. Archived from the original on 2020-07-14. Retrieved 2003-04-18.
  30. 30.0 30.1 "PATTERNS Architect Marcelo Spina Lectures". Uky.edu. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  31. "In Progress: Jujuy Redux / P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S; Maxi Spina - ArchDaily". Archdaily.com. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  32. "Argentina: Jujuy Redux, edificio de departamentos en Rosario - PATTERNS". Noticiasarquitectura.info. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  33. 33.0 33.1 "Wideprint - Arquitectura - Interiorismo - DiseÒo - Arte » Revista y Plataforma de Arquitectura, Interiorismo, DiseÒo y Arte » Patterns Architects". Wideonline.com.ar. Retrieved 2020-03-27.[permanent dead link]
  34. "Awards Archive - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture". Acsa-arch.org. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  35. "United States Artists - Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich". Unitedstatesartists.org. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  36. "Argentina: Jujuy Redux, edificio de departamentos en Rosario ñ PATTERNS + MSA". Professionearchitetto.it.
  37. "SCI-Arc Alumni Magazine 009 - Fall 2014". Issuu.com. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  38. "Student Dormitory Creates Human Interaction Through a Figural Void". Evolo.us. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  39. "2012 Annual Design Review, Live Category, Honorable Mention: Jujuy Redux". Architectmagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
  40. "L.A. architecture school is poised to spread its wings - Los Angeles Times". Latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  41. "Matters of Sensation". Artistsspace.org. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
  42. "P A T T E R N S I - Marcelo Spina". Docplayer.net/language=en.
  43. "Lecture series hosts 6 design masters in spring semester". Tamu.edu.
  44. "Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich". Syr.edu. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  45. "Graham Foundation - Grantees - Georgina Huljich & Marcelo Spina". Grahamfoundation.org.
  46. "Marcelo Spina - Winter Lecture Series 2017 - IAAC". Iaac.net. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  47. "Marcelo Spina - Winter Lecture Series 2017 - IAAC". Iaac.net. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  48. "Venice Architecture Biennale has L.A. flavor - Culture Monster - Los Angeles Times". Latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  49. "The Art of Architecture:MOCA Exhibit Looks at the Field, the Process and Its Impact on the City - Arts and Culture - Ladowntownnews.com". Ladowntownnews.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  50. "P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S with Casey Rehm ñ Chicago Architecture Biennial". Chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org. Archived from the original on 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  51. "VERTICAL GARDEN - MAK Museum Vienna". Mak.at.
  52. "Oblicuo - The Art Institute of Chicago". Uky.edu.
  53. "Marcelo Spina - SFMOMA". Sfmoma.org. Retrieved 2018-05-17.

Other website

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