Independent Architecture is a Denver office with work around the world. We approach each project with a mix of curiosity, intellectualism, and experience that enables us to create thoughtful and unusual buildings, objects, and environments.
Our office choreographs the interplay of design and pop culture to create projects that advance architectural thinking while appealing to broad audiences. This approach includes developing new forms of suburban architecture, designing provocative contexts for viewing art, and modifying ordinary objects and materials to make offbeat buildings. Built work includes houses, art galleries, and a dormitory, among other building types.
Paul Andersen founded Independent in 2009. He shapes the office’s agenda and practice, working on design projects in professional and academic contexts. He was appointed a Fulbright Specialist in Architecture, teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has previously been on the architecture faculties of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Cornell University. He has exhibited and curated work at the Venice Biennale (U.S. Pavilion), the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, The Great Poor Farm, MoMA, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. He has written and edited several books, including The Same Something for Everyone (Park Books), The Monuments Power the Cars (Actar), and The Architecture of Patterns (W.W. Norton). Paul is a licensed architect.