Neil Denari is principal of NMDA, Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. and Professor of Architecture at UCLA. He received his B Arch from the University of Houston in 1980 and an M Arch from Harvard in 1982. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal in 2011 and in 2010, Denari was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame honoring him for his contribution to the growth and prominence of the interior design field. In 2009, he was given the California Community Foundation Fellowship from the United States Artists and in 2008 he received an Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. In addition to these personal awards, NMDA has been awarded the 2005 and 2007 National American Institute of Architecture Awards, 2005 Progressive Architecture citation, and eight American Institute of Architecture/Los Angeles Honor Awards, among others. His work has been included in many exhibitions, including the solo shows “Fast Forward” in 2008 at the Museum of the City of New York, “Architects’ Work: HL23” in 2009 @ Syracuse University, and “The Artless Drawing” in 2010 @ Ace Gallery Los Angeles, curated by Sylvia Lavin and Hi-C. He lectures worldwide and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UC Berkeley among other schools and was the Director of SCI-Arc from 1997-2002. He is the author of Interrupted Projections (TOTO), Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton), and Facticity (AADCU) forthcoming in 2013.
Title: The Fugitive State of Architecture
The title of the lecture refers to a negative condition where architecture is blamed for crimes it did not necessarily commit (environmental degradation, urban blight, mismanaged avant garde agendas, etc), forcing it to retreat or even give up the mission to transform space and the identity of the city. This lecture aims to explore architecture as a medium of culture that can take its place among and participate with the more transient, two dimensional world of electronic and printed media rather than as a resistant medium whose weight, size, and permanence seems to incur the ridicule of a public tired of architectural spectacle. Neil Denari will present six recent projects that outline techniques intended to make an assertive yet welcome design agenda.
CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.
This lecture is open to the general public.
The Spring 2013 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.