Borderless Studio

Borderless Studio | Climate and Cultural Resilience Map Installation, Creative Grounds, Chicago, IL, 2020. Image credit: Brandon Biederman

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field.

Borderless Studio is a 2022 Emerging Voice.

Borderless Studio is a design and research practice based in Chicago and San Antonio. Led by principals Paola Aguirre Serrano and Dennis Milam, the studio describes its focus as “connecting communities to design processes and cultivating collaborative design agency through interdisciplinary projects.” In partnership with local stakeholders, Borderless designs and enacts a wide range of urban interventions that aim to promote spatial justice and equity. 

Projects include: 

Paola Aguirre Serrano holds a BArch from the Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño de Chihuahua and a master’s degree in urban design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She served until recently a commissioner of Chicago Landmarks and member of the City of Chicago Cultural Advisory Council. Aguirre Serrano teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at both Washington University in St. Louis and Archeworks.

Dennis Milam holds a BArch from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Milam has over 15 years of experience working with private clients, developers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and architecture and engineering offices in the United States, Austria, Middle East, and Asia.

The studio was selected as a contributor to the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


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