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Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of Patterns Winners of 2012 USA Fellowship

United States Artists announced SCI-Arc’s Marcelo Spina and partner Georgina Huljich of PATTERNS as winners of one of the prestigious 2012 USA Fellowships. The two were named USA Grigor Fellows in the Architecture and Design Category.

The $50,000 grants announced Sunday went to visual artists, architects, writers and musicians ranging in age from 31 to 81. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annie Proulx, playwright David Henry Hwang and virtuoso jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette are among the winners of the 2012 USA fellowships.

"The USA fellowship will ensure our continuation of material and design research of projects, which are not driven by either private or public commissions and are experimental in nature and scope," said USA fellowship winner, SCI-Arc design faculty Marcelo Spina. "These projects require a dedication and commitment to both research and design for a long period of time. Furthermore, they necessitate a continuous investment in technology to guarantee their evolution and relevance over time, demanding of the institutional support that only organizations such as USA can provide."

The Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmuson foundations helped establish the USA Artists program in 2005 with $22 million in seed money. United States Artists made the announcement of all new fellows Sunday, December 2 at a ceremony led by Tim Robbins and hosted by the Getty Museum. Grant recipients are free to use the funds as they wish, not being restricted to a particular project.

Other 2012 winners include New York architects Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto; modern-dance choreographer Trisha Brown; Alabama native and documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown; Brooklyn-based performance artist Coco Fusco; master banjo player Tony Trischka; and visual artist Edgar Heap of Birds.

Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich founded their architecture firm, PATTERNS, in Los Angeles in 1999. In their practice, they integrate digital technology with an extensive consideration of form and innovative materials. Working at various scales, they have recently completed a ten-story apartment building in Rosario, Argentina, and a mix-use corporate headquarters in Chengdu, China. Among their many honors are awards from both the Architectural League of New York (2011) and the AIA Los Angeles (2011). Spina is on the design faculty at SCI-Arc, where he also coordinates Applied Studies; Huljich is on the architecture and urban design faculty of UCLA).

Previous USA winners from SCI-Arc include Elena Manferdini (2011) and Andrew Zago (2008).

A complete list of the grant winners can be found at