Joseph Poli, AIA


After spending his early career in Chicago at Perkins and Will, Joseph (Joe) moved to Denver as Director of Design and Partner of a local 50-person firm in 1982 where his leadership there on commissions, spanning both the public and private realm, led to more than 30 design awards. In 1994, he co-founded Humphries Poli Architects with long time friend and collaborator Dennis Humphries. As HPA’s director of design, Joe’s leadership has been instrumental in the business’ growth and reputation.

A dedicated proponent of his city and an advocate of the value of design, Joe is a leader in the profession. Joe has served on the Board for the Denver chapter of the AIA, and is former board member of the Lower Downtown Design Review Board and the University of Colorado’s Auraria campus Design Review Committee. He is a charter member of the Chicago Architectural Club and a founding member of the Denver Architectural League. Joe’s community service extends to other professional and community boards, lectures, architectural awards, and selection committees. This foundation has produced an approach to architecture that creates value to clients through a perspective that embraces the profession in all facets: artistic, technical, political and financial. Joe’s designs have been featured in publications, museums, and galleries across the country, and also have garnered awards from AIA’s local, regional and national components. Joe’s drawings are in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Gallery, Frankfurt’s Museum of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Historical Society.


Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Chicago Art Institute


Colorado, Illinois, NCARB