Discussions in Architecture: Neil Denari with Preston Scott Cohen

Neil Denari is an architect and principal of Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. (NMDA). He studied at the University of Houston (BArch 1980) and Harvard University (MArch 1982). After graduate studies, he worked in the office of James Stewart Polshek and Partners (New York). In 1986, he was awarded a NY Foundation for the Arts grant which allowed him to begin his own independent practice. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and founded NMDA.

Denari has established an office that 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 US, Europe, and Asia. NMDA’s work has been published and exhibited extensively around the world. Neil Denari has had a distinguished teaching career which began at Columbia University in 1986. He has held visiting positions at the Bartlett in London, UC Berkeley, and Princeton University. From 1997-2002, he was the Director of SCI-Arc (Los Angeles) and now holds the position of Tenured Professor in the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Denari is the author of two bestselling books, Interrupted Projections (TOTO 1996) and Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton 1999). Awards received in recognition for his distinguished work in the field of architecture include the Richard Recchia Award, the Samuel F.B. Morse Medal from the National Academy of Design (NY), the Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters (NY) and the United Artists Award for Architecture.

Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he is the coordinator of the first year design studios and teaches the foundation course in projective and topological geometry, advanced studios, and design thesis. Recent course offerings include the core studios: Introduction to Design and Visual Studies in Architecture and Design of Housing, the workshop Projective Representation in Architecture, and seminar Reading Buildings. He also taught the studio options: Nanjing, Offset Ceilings, Indefinitely Extendable Museum, Ueno Park, Tokyo, 2CC and Holdout Architecture.



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