Maxi Spina was born in Rosario, Argentina, and studied at the National University of Rosario (BArch 2001), where he graduated with honors, and Princeton University (MArch 2005). While in Argentina, and until 2002, Maxi was an associate architect at P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S.
In 2001 the firm’s work began to achieve considerable recognition, most notably through the Jujuy 2056 apartment building, Maxi’s first-built project, which has been published since then in numerous journals, including Casabella, Praxis, Summa+, Bio, Architectural Record, L’Arca, Metalocus and A+U. Jujuy 2056 has also appeared in the book Rosario: Architecture with Identity from 1998 to 2003, and was part of the exhibition Urban Life: Housing in the Contemporary City at The Architectural League of New York.
After his postgraduate studies at Princeton, Maxi moved to New York and held a senior designer position at Studio Daniel Libeskind from 2005–07. He participated in a wide range of projects, including the in-progress Zlota 44 Tower in Poland for which he was project architect.
Maxi shifted his practice to San Francisco in 2007. Recent work includes Reflective Formations, a prefabricated plastic installation that investigates tectonic conditions mediated through a computational field of influences; and Jujuy Redux, a multifamily housing in Argentina -currently under construction- designed in another joint venture with PATTERNS. Maxi’s recent work appeared in a series of journals, including Frameworks and Pidgin.
Maxi has been an adjunct professor in CCA's graduate and undergraduate Architecture programs since 2008. He teaches design studios and seminars that focus on tectonic studies and their relationship upon digital technologies. He has also held positions at the National University of Rosario and University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a Maybeck Fellowship in 2007–08.