Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA) is a Los Angeles based office dedicated to exploring the worlds of architecture, design, urbanism, and global cultural phenomenon. We have been working across multiple continents since 1988, designing at all scales for a variety of clients and conditions. We seek out projects that demand new and innovative solutions to the complex issues facing the world today. Whether in a piece of furniture or in an urban design plan, our ambitions always are to materialize these questions in a powerful, evocative, and functional way. The work of the office has become, over the last 15 years, an influential force in the culture of contemporary architecture. Today, we continue to develop through new projects our repertoire of design possibilities. NMDA’s commitment to design innovation and construction excellence has been demonstrated in award winning projects such as l.a. Eyeworks, the Alan-Voo Residence, the Endeavor Talent Agency, our built projects in Japan for the Mitsubishi United Financial Group, and for HL23 in New York, a 14 story residential tower.
Long considered to be one of the pioneers of the use of computers in architectural design and visualization, NMDA has produced a body of work that has fused the physical and the graphic worlds in unprecedented ways. From our groundbreaking installation in Tokyo’s Gallery MA in 1996 to our current explorations, we have relentlessly pursued the development of “cultural ergonomics”, i.e. those forms that “fit” our contemporary life. Although NMDA operates on a global level, Los Angeles and it’s landscapes and cultural institutions play an important role in the development of our work. From cinema and television to advanced forms of technological production, Los Angeles provides a rich context from which to draw inspiration.
NMDA produces work in the realms of urban design, building design, interiors, landscape design, and graphic design commissions. We often collaborate with innovative consultants, artists, and designers in the development of projects- the list includes artist Mel Chin, 2X4 of New York, FRONT façade consultants of New York, the Brand Architect Group of Tokyo, LA based- artist Jim Isermann, BBM art group of Berlin, and Richard Massey Graphic Design.
In the past five years, NMDA has won 2 National AIA Honor awards, 8 LA Chapter AIA Honor awards, and a 2005 Progressive Architecture Award. Our work has been exhibited at the MOCA Los Angeles, San Francisco MOMA, the Mori Museum in Tokyo, MOMA New York, and the 2007 Hong Kong / Shenzen Biennale, and recently, at the Museum of the City of New York and Syracuse University with solo shows on HL23, a 14 story condominium tower in construction next to the High Line. NMDA’s work has been extensively published worldwide with recent covers stories in European and Asian design magazines. In 2008, Neil Denari was included in Taschen’s Encyclopedia of Modern Architecture, a massive two volume compendium of the most important architects from the last 250 years.
During the last ten years, NMDA has been on the lists for consideration for many important institutional projects including Temporary MOMA Queens, the Art Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Wadsworth Atheneum, Cincinnati Art Museum, New Museum / New York, Carnegie Science Museum, CCTV Beijing, Seattle Art Museum, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Visitors Center & Administration Building, and Eyebeam Museum of Art & Technology.
NEIL M. DENARI BIOGRAPHY
Neil Denari is principal of Neil M. Denari Architects / NMDA and a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. His academic research focuses on urban morphology, utopias, and vivid tectonics. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston in 1980 and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1982. Among his many awards is the 2011 Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal. Denari’s work has been included in many exhibitions, including the traveling solo show “Displaced Buildings in Aperiodic City” which was inaugurated in 2017 by the T-Space Gallery in Rhinebeck, New York. 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 Professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Penn, and Rice among other schools. He is the author of Interrupted Projections (1996), Gyroscopic Horizons (1999), and MASS X (2018).