Spencer McNeil, AIA NCARB is a Chicago-based educator and registered architect whose work explores the rigorous confrontation of architectural convention and the challenging of programmatic, representational, and formal expectations.
Spencer has ten years of experience in the architecture and interior design industry, both residential and commercial, and at a variety of scales, from interiors and retail build-outs, to large developments and supertall towers. Ongoing projects include collaboration with Norman Kelley.
Practicing in Chicago, Spencer also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has taught previously at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has worked for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago, with Norman Kelley, including their entry to the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, and with BairBalliet on their entries to the 2016 Venice Biennale and the 2018 Moma PS1 YAP. He previously worked for architect Ernesto Santalla in Washington, DC. Spencer received a Master of Architecture from UIC, where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal of Merit, and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Knox College. At UIC, Spencer was an editor for the student-run publication, Fresh Meat Journal. His work has been published in conjunction with the writing of Sam Jacob, and exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Registered Architect in Illinois and Texas
Wallpaper* | Ellie Stathaki, "Chicago coffee cart adds contemporary minimalism to Kenzo Tange building," Dec 2022
AN Interior | Alaina Griffin, "Above and Below," Fall/Winter 2022
Dezeen | Jenna McKnight, "Norman Kelley with Spencer McNeil remodels Chicago apartment to showcase chair collection," 9/1/22
@ Norman Kelley | Dezeen | Jenna McKnight, “Norman Kelley refreshes lobby in postmodern Chicago skyscraper,” 6/1/22
e-Flux Architecture | Sam Jacob, "Rendering: The Cave of the Digital," Feb 2018
@ UIC | Fast Company | Mark Wilson, "How 10 Architects Used The Same Box Of 1,200 White Lego," 3/18/16
resume | work sample available upon request