David Buckley Borden is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible, often humorous, combination of 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 engagement, David’s work manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-speciﬁc public art installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery.
Starting in the fall of 2020 David will be a Visiting Professor within the Landscape Architecture Department at the College of Design’s School of Architecture and Environment at the University of Oregon. In addition to teaching studio and environmental-communication coursework through the lens of his practice, David will spearhead a new design-ecology initiative between the Department and the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, a 16,000-acre Long-Term Ecological Research site in Oregon’s western Cascades Mountains. This initative will build off David's Charles Bullard Fellowship research at the Harvard Forest where he answered the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?”
David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked as a designer at Sasaki Associates before focusing his independent practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event. David continues to work with landscape architecture firms as a consultant, including recent collaborations with Agency Landscape + Planning, Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects, Sasaki, and Rios.