2011 Recipient | AIA Young Architects Award

Page Tools

Gail Peter Borden, AIA

Gail Peter Borden, AIA | Notes of Interest

Gail Peter Borden, AIA, is well known in a number of different roles-- among them teacher, researcher, author, and partner in Borden Partnership LLP, his professional architecture practice. Within each facet, he has received accolades, honors, and inclusion in exhibitions and publications on the international level. But perhaps most notable is his specific and passionate focus: materials and the role of materiality in architecture.

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. Awards recognizing his accomplishments as a teacher include three American Collegiate Schools of Architecture Faculty Design and Research Awards, a 2003 NCSU College of Design Outstanding Teaching Award, and election to the College of Teaching Fellows. The courses he offers presently include both core and options studios focused on the role of materiality, including topics like the boundaries of contemporary materiality and foundational instruction in material technology.

Balanced with this tremendous teaching career, Borden has acted as a principal in the award-winning architecture firm, Borden Partnership LLP, since 1998. Borden sees the firm's work as focused on the role of architecture in the "everyday," with a special eye towards the American suburban landscape, looking at the home through program, materiality, economic/social infrastructures, and technology.

Gail Peter Borden, AIA

Borden has won recognition for both his design work and scholarship in multiple national and international competitions, design awards, grants, fellowships, inclusion of book chapters in collaborative works, published articles, lectures and exhibitions. Notable among these acknowledgements, he received the 2004 Architecture League of New York's Young Architect Prize, was a finalist in the 99K House competition, and was included in "If... Then" Young Architects 6 (Princeton Architecture Press). His design work has been published in The Independent, Architecture Record, Wallpaper, and Architecture magazines. He has two books on materiality on the way that will join his recent book, Material Predecent: The Typology of Modern Techtonics. Professor Douglas Noble, FAIA, calls Borden's book, "...a spectacular success, The clarity and care embodied in each of the hundreds of drawings and diagrams is self-evident and enormously important for transferring that knowledge to architects and students."

Professor Gail Peter Borden, through his passionate research-- as well as sharing that research through the vehicles of teaching, practice and participation in competitions and publication-- has contributed to the profession extensively and has truly proven himself a leader.


  • Photo Credit: © Gail Peter Borden

Gail Peter Borden, AIA

Gail Peter Borden, AIA

Jury Comments

Borden has proven himself a leader in design and study. His strength as a teacher of a field that is sometimes underserved in the academy-- materiality and buildings-- is a unique gift to the profession.

He has provided an impressive advancement to the field through his focus on materials research and methods.

2011 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2010 Chancellor:
  • Edward J. Kodet, Jr., FAIA
  • Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
  • Minneapolis
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • WWCOT Architecture & Interiors
  • Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 2010 Bursar:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, Va.
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2011 Incoming Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

Footer Navigation

Copyright & Privacy

  • © The American Institute of Architects
  • Privacy