Center for Global & International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Nilou Vakil

Lecturer, Architecture
Primary office:
Marvin Hall
Room 104

Areas of Expertise:

Architectural design with an emphasis on museums, civic structures and multi-use buildings
Urban Design
Vernacular Sustainability Solutions

Nilou Vakil is currently the President and the Principal Architect of in situ DESIGN and specializes in designing public buildings with a focus on civic projects, museums and cultural institutions. She has a passion for creating responsible urban communities.

Nilou has practiced in both the U.S. and internationally. She was most recently an advisor and board member of the Regional Transportation District’s Advisory Committee in Colorado, working on the multi-billion-dollar lightrail expansion project. While in Denver she was a project architect and urban designer for the reputable Tryba Architects.

She is a licensed architect, LEED BD+C accredited professional, and has also overseen the coordination of projects in the international Estidama sustainability rating program in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

She has been invited to lecture and present her work extensively including venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Arts (Tehran, Iran), Denver University, University of Colorado, Colorado Academy and the University of the Arts (Tehran, Iran).

Academic Areas:

Urban Design 

Courses Taught:

Comprehensive Design Studio
Architectural Design Studio


MArch, University of Colorado at Denver
BFA, University of the Arts, Tehran

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