Neil Denari: Precise Form for an Imprecise World

Department of Architecture Fall 2010 Lecture Series

Neil Denari is an architect and principal of Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. (NMDA) in Los Angeles and a professor of architecture at the University of California–Los Angeles. Denari started his career in the office of James Stewart Polshek and Partners in New York City. During this time he began exhibiting his own speculative projects at the Storefront for Art and Architecture and at PS 1. In 1986, he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts grant which allowed him to begin his own independent practice. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and founded Cor-Tex which merged with NMDA in 2000. NMDA is dedicated to the exploration of contemporary life through the media of architecture, urban planning, and industrial design. The office is engaged with projects of various scales in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with a particular focus on Japan where the office has completed a series of banks for the Mitsubishi United Financial Group. Current projects include a 14-story condominium tower in the Chelsea district of Manhattan and a 300,000 square meter residential complex in Weifang, China. Denari is the author of two books, Interrupted Projections (TOTO, 1996) and Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton, 1999), and he is currently at work on a forthcoming monograph entitled Speculations On. In 2008, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Academy Award for Architecture, and in 2009 he was named the USA California Community Foundation Fellow. Denari received his bachelor of architecture from the University of Houston and his master of architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.