Neil Denari
Los Angeles, CA
2009 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the California Community Foundation.

Denari established his architecture practice in 1988 and in the following three decades has become a leading voice in the pedagogy and practice of contemporary architecture. His work has evolved from unbuilt theoretical projects to a growing number of realized commissions that illustrate that progressive ideology is buildable. From his earlier machined aesthetic to his more recent employment of smooth sinuous modeled forms, Denari’s architecture has evolved into a matured ideology that has influenced numerous generations of younger architects. A teacher since 1986, Denari is the former director of SCI-Arc (1997–2001), and is currently a professor at UCLA’s School of Architecture.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.
  • Artwork by Neil Denari
    HL23, 2009; photo © Hayes Davidson
Artwork by Neil Denari