Staff

Jia Yi Gu, Director

Jia Yi Gu  (she/her) is Director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. Before her role at the MAK Center, she served as Executive Director and Curator of Materials & Applications. She is an architectural historian, curator, and designer whose projects center on histories of exhibition-making and media-based practices in art and architecture.

Angelica Fuentes, Financial Manager, Bookstore Manager & Docent Coordinator

Angelica Fuentes (she/her) entered the arts and architecture world in 1995 when she took on her role as secretary and bookkeeper assistant at the MAK Center, a year after the organization was founded. She has participated with the organization of architecture tours, the docent program, the Mackey Residency program, exhibitions, and property management. She has now taken on the role of Business Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary.

Allie Smith, Exhibitions and Programs Manager

Smith (they/them/their) is an independent curator and writer with an artistic and academic practice. They received their MA in Aesthetics & Politics from the CalArts School of Critical Studies (2021), and BA in Art History from Skidmore College (2017). Smith completed their thesis work on queer studies, performative theory, and feminist new materialisms in contemporary southern Californian performance art. They’ve presented at conferences and panels including the Aesthetics and Politics Lecture Series (2021), the Cultural Studies Association (2021), and UCLA Theater & Performance Studies Graduate Conference (2021). They’re the recipient of curatorial internships and fellowships at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Hauser & Wirth.

 

Sage Roebuck, Programs and Development Coordinator

Sage Roebuck (she/her) is the Programs and Development Coordinator at the MAK Center, and has been with the organization since 2019. She works closely with the Director to coordinate curatorial research and planning processes, coordinates exhibitions and programs alongside Program Manager, and organizes institutional and development efforts. Outside of the MAK Center, Sage is an artist and the Programs Manager for Materials & Applications, another LA-based art and architecture organization.

Delaney McCraney, Communications and Development Coordinator

Delaney McCraney (she/her) is the Communications and Development Coordinator for the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. She assists in the organization’s relational efforts. She received her Master of Architecture degree prior to joining MAK Center and currently acts as Production Manager of stock-a-studio, a multidisciplinary design studio.

Anastasia Tokmakova, Programs Assistant

Anastasia Tokmakova (she/her) is the Programs Assistant. She is a designer, writer, and educator, exploring how architectural knowledge or awareness can be more accessible and relevant to the day-to-day. She received her BArch from SCI-Arc in 2020.

Tristan Espinoza, Programs Assistant

Tristan Espinoza (he/they) is a media artist and organizer based in Los Angeles. He uses his practice to reflect on home and the residues of trauma, hegemony, and epistemology that are carried by colonized bodies. Espinoza also co-organizes Tiny Tech Zines, a zine fair in LA that focuses on publications dealing with technology.