In addition, Neal has been actively involved in teaching for over 25 years, most recently as a Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Recognition for this work has included an NCARB Prize for the Integration of Teaching and Practice (under Chair Rudolf El-Khoury), the national ACSA Diversity Achievement Award, and two ACSA Faculty Design Awards. From 2016 – 2018, Neal chaired the newly revived AIASF Public Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC), building on the working group he started between AIASF and SF Planning advocating for improvements to residential design review policies and procedures. Recognition for the quality of his work has included an AIACC Presidential Citation and two AIASF Community Alliance Awards. From 2006 – 2009, Neal was on the Board of Directors for the National AIDS Memorial Grove, chairing the Memorial Design Committee working towards the capital campaign and design development of this national memorial. Neal carries these commitments into the studio; his firm is committed to significant pro bono work in their community.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in European History, and has lived and researched abroad extensively.

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Portrait Photography: Lenny Gonzalez