Nam Henderson

Nam Henderson

Denver, CO, US



An ex-liberal arts student now in healthcare informatics, I am a friend of architects and lover of design. My interests include: learning/teaching, religion(s), sustainable ecologics/ies, technology and urban(isms).

I was raised in NYC, but after almost two decades of living in North Florida I consider myself an Alachua County resident (ACR) and Southern Yankee. I have two degrees, a B.A. and M.A. from University of Florida. Although, my academic training is in social history, one life goal is another graduate degree. Perhaps, a PhD, focused on the "expanded field" of urban design/planning/community building.

When not working, I stay busy in my communities. When I lived back in Florida, on local government advisory boards; serving as past Chair for both the CRA's Eastside Redevelopment Advisory Board and the Alachua County Recreation and Open Spaces Advisory Board. Also a past member of the county Environmental Protection Advisory Committee.

Since moving to Denver, I have volunteered with local non-profits including; BikeWalkBus (Walk Denver when I first got involved), Historic Denver (as part of it's Discover Denver program) and the HighLine Canal Conservancy. I was a part of the original Congress Park RNO's Green Team (in 2016) and since 2017 have served as a board member of the Greater Park Hill Community RNO. During my time I have contributed to efforts such as the 303 Artway Corridor Study, the DenverDeservesSidewalks campaign and various Vision Zero focused tactical urbanism events.

The initial inspiration for my interest in all things architectural and urban, was developed through college friendships, with students in UF's College of Design, Construction and Planning. This interest has been further developed through my involvement with Archinect, first as lurker, then member and later contributor/editor. In these roles I have provided content; with, once weekly, Editor's Picks, interviews/features or the occasional Op-Ed. Plus, encouraging/facilitating other's contributions. Through all these efforts I seek to participate in the larger architectural-urban discussion.

Also, I am by birth a Canuck... But not by location


Nam's Featured Articles on Archinect

2017 Young Architects Winner Kevin Hirth Opens Up About the Challenges of Working Alone, Wed, Feb 21 '18

Kevin Hirth is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Colorado Denver's College of Architecture and Planning. He holds a Master's of Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2011) and a Bachelor's of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia ...

2017 Young Architects Winner Kevin Hirth Opens Up About the Challenges of Working Alone

The Solar Decathlon Competition Showcases Cutting-Edge Home Designs, But Will it Give us the Next High-Tech Home?, Thu, Feb 8 '18

Having long wanted to attend the Solar Decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy’s collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses, I was excited to learn last year that it was going to be held in Denver, where I reside. As the event drew ...

The Solar Decathlon Competition Showcases Cutting-Edge Home Designs, But Will it Give us the Next High-Tech Home?

Working Out of the Box: Scott Paterson of IDEO, Sun, Jan 31 '16

Working out of the Box is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.In this installment, we're talking with Scott Paterson, project lead at IDEO.Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that ...

Working Out of the Box: Scott Paterson of IDEO

Student Works: FOUNDhouse by Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams, Wed, Feb 5 '14

When Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams began realizing their ambition to build a micro-dwelling, they began with a Wikihouse design. The WikiHouse project is an open-source library of construction sets for houses, where anyone can submit, edit, and use the designs. The design's components can ...

Student Works: FOUNDhouse by Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams

525 Golden Gate Seismically and Systematically Sustainable, Mon, Apr 16 '12

by Nam Henderson One beneficial result derived from the public's growing familiarity with the phrase “green design” is a renewed examination of what defines green or sustainable design. Within the field of architectural design and construction, this prominence has inevitably ...

525 Golden Gate Seismically and Systematically Sustainable

What is a Park - Landscape or Infrastructure, Thu, Apr 7 '11

How can a park be designed to serve as infrastructure(s)? Thinking not in terms of metaphor alone. But rather a park as the architecture for numerous designed outcomes. Park as infrastructure, means park as platform not only designed object/scape. From a singular tool to multivalent toolkit. It ...

What is a Park - Landscape or Infrastructure

Archinect Op-Ed: Meier or Piano? A Provocation., Tue, Jan 18 '11

A few months ago, before I visited the High Museum complex for the first time, a friend explained to me why he preferred the work of Piano's addition in comparison to Meier's original building. Key for him were two factors. First, the quality of detailing on Piano's addition, with regards ...

Archinect Op-Ed: Meier or Piano? A Provocation.

Archinect does Dallas Judging KRob, Mon, Nov 15 '10

The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition is the most senior architectural competition currently in operation anywhere in the world. Recently, Archinect Senior Editor Namanand Henderson traveled to Dallas to judge this year's entries. Besides reflecting on the experience of judging, Nam ...

Archinect does Dallas Judging KRob


Archinect, Contributing Editor

Online, whether as reader or contributor/editor Nam seeks to add to a larger architectural-urban discussion, through interviews, discussions and writing.

Jan 2008 - current


University of Florida, Masters, History

Community studies and social identity. Thesis entitled: "Village community and peasant society in medieval England".

Aug 2004 - Dec 2006

Areas of Specialization