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PATTERNS is a leading architectural practice led by partners Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich. The firm brings a critical and progressive approach to projects across scales, agendas, and geographies, insisting on the cultural and social relevance of architectural form, contemporary aesthetics, and emerging technologies. Based in the expansive city of Los Angeles, the firm takes advantage of the city’s decidedly global stance and idiosyncratic identity to create equally engaging and speculative architectural content through formats as diverse as master plans, landscapes, buildings, projects, installations, objects, books, and exhibitions. With twenty years of building experience, PATTERNS has completed buildings and ongoing projects in the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia.
PATTERNS’ most significant completed projects include Victory Healthcare in North Hollywood, CA; Jujuy Redux Apartment in Rosario, Argentina; Prism Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; Eye of Time Corporate Headquarters in Chengdu, China; FyF Residence in Rosario, Argentina; Jujuy 2056 Apartment in Rosario, Argentina; League of Shadows multipurpose event structure in Los Angeles; and Land.Tiles (temporary installation), among others. Current projects include A4H, an office building in Glendale, California; Olympia Towers, a mixed-use complex in Downtown Los Angeles; Karma Sanctum, a boutique hotel in Bali, Indonesia; and Casa del Sol, a summer residence in Mykonos, Greece.
PATTERNS has gained international recognition as one of the most intriguing and broadminded firms in contemporary architecture with work exhibited worldwide, most notably at the Venice Biennale in Italy, The Chicago Biennial, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Art Institute of Chicago, The San Francisco MOMA, The MAK Museum in Vienna, and The FRAC in Orleans, where it is also part of their permanent collections. Their work has been published extensively and has been the subject of numerous essays, books, magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues internationally. The office’s first monograph ‘PATTERNS: Embedded’ was published in 2010 by Shanghai based ACDCU.
PATTERNS has received numerous prizes and awards, including the American Architecture Award, five AIA LA Honor and Merit Awards, an AIA National Design Review Award; first prizes in the competitions for the SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion, a Temporary Pavilion for MOCA, the Vertical Garden at the Schindler House, the New SCI_Arc Café; and the third prize in the prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award. PATTERNS integrated the Emerging Voices Series of the Architectural league of New York and Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard and was the recipient of the “Arch is” Emerging Practice Award by the AIA LA Chapter.
In 2013, Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich were the recipients of the prestigious USA Grigor Fellowship, a prominent endowment that recognizes America’s most accomplished and innovative artists. In addition to their professional and academic career, Spina and Huljich were the curators of “Matters of Sensation” at Artists Space in New York in 2008. Considered at that time to be the most important collective exhibition in architecture that Artists Space ever organized, the influential show opened to great acclaim and helped position an emerging generation of now-established architects, designers, theorists, and thinkers in the United States context.