Neil Denari + Robert Somol: A Stair Session With Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professors

Big Stairs / Knowlton Hall
October 13, 2015 - 5:30pm

This year’s Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professors, Neil Denari and Robert Somol will hold a “stair session’ at the Knowlton Hall Big Stairs at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 13. Denari and Somol will discuss their views on the trajectory of architecture in practice and theory. This discussion will also offer a glimpse into the topics of the respective Baumer Seminars. The presentatioon is free and open to the public.

Neil Denari is the Knowlton School’s Autumn 2015 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor. Denari emerged in New York with a series of theoretical projects and texts based on the collapse of the machine aesthetic of Modernism. In 1988, he founded his firm, Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), in Los Angeles and began teaching at SCI-Arc, where from 1997 to 2002 he was the director. Denari is the recipient of the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal in 2011. In 2010, he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame and in 2009 he received the California Community Foundation Fellowship from the United States Artists organization. He received an Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2008.

Robert Somol is the Knowlton School’s Spring 2016 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor. Somol is a Professor at and Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An architectural theorist, Somol focuses his research on modernism and its modes of repetition, the emergence of the diagram in postwar architecture, interior urbanism, and the development of graphic or cartoon protocols within contemporary architectural practices. Prior to his appointment in Illinois, Somol served as a professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture and has taught design theory at Princeton, Rice, UCLA, Columbia, the University of Michigan and Harvard.