BiographyGail Peter Borden, FAIA attended Rice University, simultaneously receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees (all cum laude) in fine arts, art history, and architecture as well as his BARCH, also cum laude. He went on to Harvard University’s GSD to complete a post-professional Masters of Architecture with distinction.
Borden is the Director of Graduate Programs and tenured Professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston. As principal of Borden Partnership, his design work has won numerous recognitions including: the Architectural League Prize; the AIA Young Architect Award; BD+C’s “40 Under 40” award; and numerous AIA, ACSA, and RADA awards. Borden received artist-in-residence awards from the Chinati Foundation; the Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Borchard Fellowship; and the MacDowell Colony. He was named the youngest Fellow of the AIA in the history of California.
His books include: Material Precedent, 2010 (Wiley); Matter, 2011 (Routledge); Principia, 2013 (Pearson); Process, 2014 (Routledge); Lineament, 2017 (Routledge); and New Essentialism, 2017 (AR+D).
As an architect, artist, theoretician, and practitioner, Professor Borden’s research and practice focuses on the role of materiality and architecture in contemporary culture.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Architecture, Design, Materiality