Jimenez Lai works in the world of art, architecture and education.
He founded the architectural studio Bureau Spectacular in 2008. Lai’s merging of graphic storytelling with architecture has encompassed telling stories of architecture via cartoons, to drawing cartoons on architecture, and most recently producing cartoonish architecture.
Lai is widely exhibited and published around the world. His first book, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. His work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, New Museum, among others. Lai has won various awards, including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects, Debut Award atthe Lisbon Triennale, and Swarovski’s 2017 Designers of the Future Award. In 2014, Lai designed the Taiwan Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale.