Neena Verma is an architect and theorist based in New York City. Her research and writing focus on the intersection of practice and society. She aims to challenge the norms of perception and beauty. A former attorney, her background adds a criticality to her architectural analyses. Neena’s writing has appeared broadly, most recently in Architectural Research Quarterly, and her collaborative work has been presented before the Association of American Law Schools, Buenos Aires Biennale and Venice Biennale. She was an invited participant to the American Institute of Architects Emerging Professionals Summit and an appointee to the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals. Her first built work was completed as an architecture graduate student with Tulane’s UrbanBuild program. A recipient of the John William Lawrence Travel Fellowship, she has studied slum architecture in India. Neena holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Rutgers Law School and Tulane School of Architecture. She has worked in the architecture offices of KieranTimberlake, Peter Marino, and Studio Mapos. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at NJIT College of Architecture and Design and principal of an eponymous practice that pursues small-scale, forward-thinking, ground-up architectural works. She is writing a book about immigrants finding place.