gail peter borden, RA AIA

borden partnership architecture+design

Gail Peter Borden attended Rice University for his undergraduate education simultaneously receiving three BA degrees cum laude in Fine Arts, Art History and Architecture, winning upon graduation the prestigious William Ward Watkins Traveling Fellowship, the AIA Certificate for Excellence, the Chillman Prize, elected to the Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society, and the John Swift Medal in Fine Arts. Receiving a Texas Architectural Foundation Academic Scholarship, Professor Borden returned to Rice University to receive his professional BARCH, also cum laude. He went on to Harvard University's Graduate School of Design to complete a post-professional Masters of Architecture with distinction.

Prior to joining the Faculty at the University of Southern California [USC] School of Architecture, Professor Borden taught at North Carolina State University, Catholic University, The Boston Architectural Center and Harvard University and worked in a host of firms including Gensler and Associates, Frank Harmon Architect, and The Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris where he was a designer on the Potzdamerplatz Project and the renovation of the Centre Georges Pompidou. As principal in the award winning architecture firm Borden Partnership since 1998, his design work has won recognition in multiple national and international competitions including being a finalist in the 99K House competition, being and alternate for construction in at the Philbrook Museum of Art for his LANDed Blur and receiving a high commendation in the 100% Rubber Competition for his Rubber-Banded House. In May of 2004, Borden was awarded the Architecture League of New York's Young Architect's prize, which was accompanied by an exhibition, lecture, grant and publication entitled "if....then" accompanied by the book, Young Architects 6 (Princeton Architectural Press). In 2007-2008 his work was included in the 21st Century House [Jonathan Bell], The Things They've Done [William Cannady], and Expanding Architecture [Bryan Bell]. In Fall of 2008 he co-chaired the ACSA Fall Conference entitled: Material Matters. His forthcoming book Material Precedent: The Typology of Modern Tectonics will arrive in Spring of 2010 from Wiley Press.

Borden's work has been included in international exhibitions including: the Architekturforum Oberosterreich in Linz, Austria; the NCSU College of Design Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; and numerous exhibits at LUMP Gallery, Raleigh, NC and Galleri Urbane, Marfa, Texas, among others. In winter 2003 he participated in the 37th annual Works on Paper exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina. In 2004 Borden received a prestigious artist-in-residence from The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas culminating in an exhibition entitled "spaceframes". In 2008 his Chengdu Project was included in the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale, he was selected for an Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and recieved the 2009-2010 Borchard Fellowship.

Professor Borden has received numerous awards and recognitions for design work, paintings, exhibitions, writings, and teaching. Professor Borden received two of four ACSA Faculty Design and Research Awards in 2008 [Low Country Line House and LA Markings], a 2005 ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award as one of the top emerging architecture faculty, a 2005 ACSA Faculty Design and Research Award [20 Propositions for Suburban Living], a 2004 Triangle AIA honorable mention [20 Propositions for Suburban Living], as well as the 2003 College of Design Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, election to the NCSU College of Teaching Fellows, and the 2003 NCSU Alumni University Teaching Award. Borden has published many papers and projects dealing with contemporary architecture and culture in the suburban landscape, materials, and digital media in the design process. He received a prestigious Graham Foundation Grant in 2001 to support the development of his research text suburban®: the potentials for the celebration of inevitabilities. His work has been published in multiple radio interviews on WUNC 91.5 and articles in numerous international publications including: The Independent, Architecture Record, Wallpaper*, and Architecture.

As an artist, theoretician and practitioner, Professor Borden's research and practice focuses on the role of materiality and architecture in contemporary culture.