Joe Poli

Principal / Architecture

“Architects have an important voice in the making of cities.”


Joe Poli is an architectural leader in the Mountain West. Raised in Chicago, Joe spent his early career there, working primarily on international projects. Attention to craft, an ambitious worldview, and a strong architectural tradition were his firm foundation. And yet, Joe sought something more: namely, the opportunity to contribute to a city and shape its future. He would find his place and make his impact in the young and growing city of Denver, Colorado.

Joe started the Denver studio with Dennis Humphries in 1994; to not only design significant projects, but also to continuously improve the community. Today, Jo­e’s influence can be seen throughout the city and the region — from the urban location of Coors Field to the subsequent development of the LoDo district, to the emergence of high-design affordable housing and the vibrant evolution of metro Denver along pulses of its light rail system.

He’s a fine artist with architectural drawings in the collections of four museums. And he’s a tinkerer with a healthy classic-car obsession — including his current passion project: a ’72 Alfa Romeo restoration. He has served as the Chair of the Lower Downtown Design and Review Board (Denver), as a Board Member for AIA Colorado, and as co-founder of the Denver Architectural League.

Education & Registration
  • Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign