Neena Verma is a practicing architect, teacher 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; she is currently writing a book about immigrants finding place. Her collaborative work has been presented before the Venice Biennale and Buenos Aires Biennale. 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’s hand illustration work has been featured by Trader Joe’s, King’s and Littlefield. She was an invited participant to the American Institute of Architects Emerging Professionals Summit and the Practice Symposium at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
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 Hillier College of Architecture and Design and The School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School, a Writing Associate and Fellow at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science, and principal of an eponymous practice that pursues small-scale, forward-thinking, ground-up architectural works. Her architecture office is a certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise in New York City.