David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using a creative combination of accessible art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David's place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena. Informed by research and community outreach, David's work manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-speciﬁc landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery.
David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and worked with Sasaki Associates and Ground, Inc. before focusing his practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event. David is a 2016/2017 Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University where he explores the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making.”
When not leading his one-man campaign for sustainable cutis anserine americana, David can be found quietly playing in the dirt in and around his Cambridge, Massachusetts home.
2011, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture
1998, Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Duel Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Magna Cum Laude
2016-2017, Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research at Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2016, Studios at MASS MoCA Artist Residency, North Adams, MA
2015, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Grant, North Adams, MA
2015, Teton ArtLab Artist Residency, Jackson, WY
2014, Trifecta Editions Hibernaculum Artist Residency, Ticonderoga, NY
Select Exhibitions and Installations
2016, Fun-A-Day Boston 2016, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2015, Campwood, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY, Public Art Installation
2015, Greater Yellowstone, Daly Projects, Jackson, WY, Solo Installation
2015, Trifecta Year Two, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, Group Exhibition
2015, Snack Stand, L.C. Bates Natural History Museum, Hinkley, ME, Trail Installation
2015, Flagging Forests, DeCordova Corporate Art Lender Program, Cambridge, MA, Solo Installation
2015, Hibernaculum, Innovation and Design Building, Boston, MA, Solo Installation
2015, Fun-A-Day Boston 2015, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2015, Bless this Mesh, Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA, Group Exhibition
2014, Trifecta: Year One, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA, Group Exhibition
2014, Wild West at BDGA, Bodega, Boston, MA, Solo Installation
2014, Fun-A-Day Boston 2014, Voltage Art and Coffee, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition
2014, Animals, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2013, You Are Here: Maps and Art, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, Group Exhibition
2013, Fun-A-Day Boston 2013, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2011, Sketchy One Liners, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Solo Exhibition
2010, Maps..., Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition
Talks and Workshops
2016, Re-Imagining Trails, with Clarisse Hart and Maya Apfelbaum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2015, Hybrid Vigor: Art X Design X Ecology, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2015, Designer Gone Rogue, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2015, Hybrid Vigor; Art, Design and Landscape, American Society of Landscape Architects, Georgia Chapter, Savannah, GA
2015, Art X Ecology, Teton Artlab, Jackson, WY
2014, Community Engagement by Design, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA
2014, A Landscape a Day, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA
2013, Designer by Design, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA
Select Professional Experience
Emerging Professionals Event Producer, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, July 2012 to August 2015
Developed and executed events-based strategy to foster community for members of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) Emerging Professional Group. By means of engaging program and social media outreach, increased BSLA EP group from 10 to 200+ members.
Landscape Architect, Ground Inc, September 2013 to January 2014
Worked as landscape architect at Ground, Inc, a boutique landscape architecture office known for their artful designs. Project work included small and medium scale institutional and private development projects. Contributions included design, 3D modeling, rendering, creation of construction documents and client presentations.
Landscape Architect, Sasaki Associates, July 2011 to August 2013
Worked as landscape architect within the Urban Studio at Sasaki Associates, a multi-disciplinary design firm in Watertown, MA. Contributed to public, private and institutional projects including a new U.S. Embassy compound in Chad, campus site work at Regis College (Weston Ma), the Smale Riverfront Park (Cincinnati, OH), Watertown Riverfront Park (Watertown, MA) and a 5 mile long multi-modal path system in Pittsburgh, PA.
Chief Kaiju Officer, Studio Kaiju, June 2000 to July 2008
Founding member and principal manager of Studio Kaiju, an independent creative media group. Directed growth strategy and creative development of the Kaiju Big Battel (sic) intellectual property and brand. Produced over 40 live multi-media performance events in major media markets at venues such asRoxy Boston (MA), Roseland Ballroom (NY) and Hollywood Avalon (CA). Co-produced and co-wrote three nationally distributed DVD’s, Teribi Sento, Shocking Truth, and More Better Fighto. Edited and co-wrote Kaiju Big Battel: A practical guide to giant city-crushing monsters, a nationally distributedbook published by Hyperion Books. Co-produced and co-wrote Kaiju Big Battel television programs including Kaiju DVD Special on MTV Networks and Kaiju segments of G4 TV’s Action Blast. Produced variety of Kaiju related commercial projects for a range of clients including Hasbro Toys, Coca-Cola Company, Frito Lay, MTV and Vice Records. Directed Kaiju promotions and public relations resulting in national press coverage including CNN, MTV News, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and Spin Magazine Managed Kaiju merchandising including distribution to over 500 stores.
2012-2015, Studio review critic: Boston Architectural College, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, and Tufts University