Joseph Poli, AIA, Architect, Design Principal and co-founder of RATIO Design’s Denver Studio is moving into the role of Consulting Principal in June of this year.
Joe’s architectural career and commissions span the globe from Pueblo to Kuala Lumpur, starting in Chicago and moving to Denver as a Design Principal to work on visionary and landmark projects such as the Denver International Airport and the Civic Center Urban Forecourt with Robert Venturi.
Joe has crafted a reputation as a community leader and advocate for exceptional architecture through his publications, participation on boards and advisory appointments such as the AIA Board, Lower Downtown Design Review Board, Auraria Campus Design Review Board, and work in Cherry Creek and the Golden Triangle. Advocating for the value of design to the profession and the public is an enduring passion resulting in speaking roles for local and national organizations and publications.
He is a Chicago Architectural Club charter member and co-founded the Denver Architectural League, two groups dedicated to critical design dialogue. The tradition of documenting architecture in drawing form is also a passion. Joe’s drawings reside in the permanent collections of The Chicago Art Institute, The Chicago Historical Society, Walker Art Center and Deutschland Architecture Museum.
He will continue to participate in several ongoing RATIO planning and design projects in a consultant role, where he will be part of realizing designs and supporting client needs. This move will create a platform for talented local designers to build upon his work. Principal and Managing Denver Studio Leader Kitty Yuen, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, will help carry on his legacy to promote and enhance the possibilities of architectural excellence in Colorado.
“It has been a great joy to work alongside an architect like Joe, whose passion for equitable design and shaping places can be seen in the fabric of Denver. As I look towards the future, I’m excited for RATIO to continue the design legacy Joe has started here,” says Denver Studio Leader Kitty Yuen.
This announcement follows the 2019 merger when Humphries Poli Architects (HPA) merged with RATIO to bring enhanced services, resources, and design expertise to the region.
Poli co-founded HPA in Denver 29 years ago this month to serve the community through meaningful design – achieving recognition as Firm of the Year in Denver, Colorado, and the Mountain Region.
Notable projects in Metro Denver include NorthCreek, 270 St. Paul, Fort Collins and Westminster Police and Public Safety buildings, Highlands Ranch Public Library, and award-winning office and mixed-use centers from Weld County to Pueblo, including Genessee, at DIA, DTC, Meridian, Ken Karl, Boulder and Fort Collins. An extensive portfolio of TOD, mixed-use and multifamily communities has refined how we think about creating community at scale.
RATIO celebrates his accomplishments as Poli takes the next step in his ongoing contributions to the community.