Jimenez Lai, lecturer of architecture and urban design in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, was named 2018 Emerging Architect of the Year by Dezeen for his design studio, “Bureau Spectacular.”

Lai was recognized for developing a new approach through conceptual combinatorics of found objects and shapes. “Bureau Spectacular” portrays a group of individuals who engage in culture through the contemplation of art, architecture, history, politics, sociology, linguistics, mathematics, graphic design, technology and graphic novels.

Lai’s work blends the boundaries between design, art, architecture, sociology and technology.