GAIL PETER BORDEN
I love what I can afford to love.
My work investigates the relationship of material and process. Form and method are founded in the means by which a thing is made. My work is founded in a synthetic vision of art and architecture, bridging between the experiential and emotively perceptual nature of art and the rational tectonics of formal systems. Focused on the relationship of the part to holistic form all in relation to the spatial and effectual result, my work, through drawing, painting, design proposals and installation is in search of experiential environments that emerge from the distinctness of a natural place and allow the viewer to fully immerse themselves in an experience to understand and focus on the place. Rooted in perception, the work compliments material abstraction to produce sensorial effect. The result is contextually derived interventions that facilitate viewing and experience.
Gail Peter Borden attended Rice University, simultaneously receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees (all cum laude) in fine arts, art history, and architecture. Upon graduation, he won the prestigious William Ward Watkin Traveling Fellowship, the AIA Certificate for Excellence, the Chillman Prize, and the John Swift Medal in Fine Arts. After receiving a Texas Architectural Foundation Scholarship, Professor Borden returned to Rice for his 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.
Borden is the Director of Graduate Programs in addition to holding a tenured position as a professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston. As principal of Borden Partnership since 2002, his design work has won numerous recognitions including: the Architectural League Prize; the AIA Young Architect Award; Building Design and Construction magazine’s “40 Under 40” award; and numerous AIA, ACSA, and RADA awards. Borden received artist-in-residence awards from the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; the Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Borchard Fellowship; and the MacDowell Colony. His teaching has been recognized with an ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award as one of the top emerging architecture faculty and has received university awards for artistic expression and mentoring. He was named the youngest Fellow of the AIA in the history of California.
As an architect designer, artist, theoretician, and practitioner, Professor Borden’s research and practice focuses on the role of materiality and architecture in contemporary culture.