Materials & Applications


Jia Yi Gu
Executive Director & Curator

Jia Yi Gu is a researcher, designer and curator whose work is focused on architecture and exhibitions. She is currently curator and director of Materials & Applications and co-director of the creative studio Spinagu with Maxi Spina and a doctoral student in the UCLA Critical Studies in Architecture. She has taught History/Theory and Studio courses at SCI-Arc, USC, and Cal Poly Metro, and served as Associate Director of the UCLA A.UD Summer Institute.


Antonio Pacheco
Communications Manager

Antonio is a Los Angeles-based writer, designer, and preservationist. He is the communications manager for Materials & Applications, sits on the Exhibitions Committee of the Architecture and Design Museum, and is the managing editor at Archinect. Antonio earned M.Arch I and Master of Preservation Studies degrees from Tulane University, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He has written extensively on the legacies of Late Modern, Postmodern, and contemporary architecture in a variety of publications, including The Architect's Newspaper, ArtNet, Creator's Project (VICE Media), and Preservation in Print.


Sage Roebuck
Programs Manager

Sage Roebuck is the Public Programs Manager for M&A. She recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a major in English and a minor in Art. While there, she ran Art Club and was the representative of the English Department on the Student Academic Affairs Board. Sage is also the Project Manager for Mussel Beach, Cooking Sections' contribution to CURRENT:LA 2019. She was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, and she loves being a Gemini and going for swims in the ocean any time of the year.


Temishi Onnekikami
LACAC Summer 2019 Intern

Temishi is a Southern California native with interests in architecture, graphic design, and community engagement through art. She is M&A’s 2019 LACAC Public Programs Intern and a current junior at Vassar College studying Studio Art. At Vassar, she is a member of the Student Committee at the France Lehman Loeb Art Center and practices graphic design in her spare time.


Mateus Comparato
Exhibitions & Programs Assistant

Mateus Comparato is the Exhibitions and Programs Assistant at M&A. Originally from Brazil, he is currently in his third year of the B.Arch program at SCI-Arc. There, he has worked on gallery exhibitions with Henry Architecture, Mark Foster Gage and Peter Noever. Mateus has also interned at David Ross Architecture and, more recently, at Stereobot, where he worked on a housing project for the 2019 LA Design Festival. Outside of architecture and design, he spends most of his time making ceramics, cooking, or taking care of his dog Pixi.


Materials & Applications is made possible by the community of participants that has grown around our projects. We remain forever grateful for the assistance of our past colleagues, interns, and key volunteers: 

Andrew Adzemovic, Buse Aktas, Hillary Bretcko, Jih Byeon, David Casey, Jess Castillo, Patricia Chai, Karen Choi, Henry Cheung, Oscar Chun, Kevin Crooks, Aaron Dang, Astrid Diehl, Lynn Didier, Martina Dolejsova, Christine Eyer, Brittany Ellis, Jacqueline Falcone, Marcos Figueroa, Jen Fleming, Chase Galis, Kathy Grace, Amelia Hazinski, Crystal Hughes, Jasmine Jones, Brian Janeczko, Kim Karlsrud, Diana Kichler, Glen Kinoshita, Maria Kobalyan, Jessica Lim, Brandie Lockett, Jenny Long, Nico Machida, Elizabeth Marley, Scott Mayoral, Mandana Ozlati, Raynald Pelletier, Esmi Resnick, Mecky Reuss, Nicole Rinde, Aaron Ryan, Sigita Saliklis, Sarah Schade, Stephanie Snow, Stephany Stamatis, Sam Starr, Nicole Stubblefield, Astrid Sykes, Colin Tucker, Jackie von Treskow, Raven Weng, Kathy Williams, Victoria Wu


Past Key Personnel: 

Jenna Didier, Founder and former Director (2003-2014)
Nicholas Blake, Technical Director and former Board Member (2006-10)
Oliver Hess, Director Emeritus (2004-2011)
Bruce Chan, former Program Director (2008-10)
Kevin Crooks, former Program Director (2013-14)
Courtney Coffman, former Communications Director (2015-17)