Neil Denari, FAIA, is principal of NMDA, Neil M. Denari Architects Inc., and a professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. Among his many awards is the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal, received in 2011. His work has been included in many exhibitions, including solo shows “The Artless Drawing” in 2010 at Ace Gallery LA and “Aperiodic City” at T-Space in 2017 in Rhinebeck, NY. His work is permanently held by eight major museums around the world. With NMDA, Denari works on building projects in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2012, NMDA won first prize in the New Keelung Harbor Service Building competition. Denari lectures worldwide and has been a Visiting Critic at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Rice, and UC Berkeley among other schools and was the Director of SCI-Arc from 1997–2002. He is the author of Interrupted Projections (1996), Gyroscopic Horizons (1999), Chromatopia (2015), Tower_Complex (2017), and MASS X (2018).
Katy Barkan’s award winning Los Angeles-based practice Now Here, focuses on a range of speculative and built projects and works to transgress the categorical distinctions between building, object, text, and drawing, to imagine alternative engagements with architecture. she was the 2020 recipient of the Rome Prize in architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Barkan has been a Lecturer at AUD since 2014. Before coming to AUD she was on faculty at Harvard GSD from 2012-2014. Prior to founding her own practice she worked and collaborated with several practices including Architecture Research Office, MOS, and Preston Scott Cohen. Her work and writing has been published in architectural record, architect magazine, Pool, Clog, and Platform. Before turning her attention to architecture, Katy worked at Artforum magazine in New York.