Jimenez Lai works in the world of art, culture, and education. Previously, Jimenez Lai 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 is widely exhibited and published around the world, including the MoMA collected White Elephant. 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 Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus.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 Venie Architectural Biennale. Currently, Lai teaches at UCLA and Columbia University. Lai has been collected by MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago, SFMOMA and LACMA.
Bureau Spectacular, of Los Angeles, is an operation of cultural affairs established since 2008. It comprises a group of individuals who engage culture through the contemplation of art, architecture, history, politics, sociology, linguistics, mathematics, graphic design, technology, and graphic novels. Bureau Spectacular is at the crossroads of all disciplines, yet comfortably embraces the healthy intersections between the many human discourses.