Gail Peter Borden is Director of Graduate Studies and a tenured professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston, USA. 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. He was named the youngest Fellow of the AIA in the history of California and has received university awards for artistic expression, teaching and mentoring. 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 Watkins 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. His books include: Material Precedent: The Typology of Modern Tectonics, 2010 (Wiley Press); Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production, 2011 (Routledge); Principia: Architectural Principles of Material Form, 2013 (Pearson); and Process: Material and Representation in Architecture 2014 (Routledge) and all focus on materiality. As a designer, artist, theoretician, and practitioner, Professor Borden’s research and practice focuses on the role of materiality and architecture in contemporary culture. Michael Meredith is a principal and co-founder of MOS, as well as an Associate Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, USA. Meredith's writings on architecture, architectural pedagogy, and contemporary architectural production and representation have appeared in Artforum, Log, Perspecta, Praxis, Domus, and Harvard Design Magazine. Editorial contributions include the architectural journals and publications Log (Spring/Summer 2011), MATTER (2011), and an introduction to Praxis 11 (February 2011). Meredith previously taught at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Muschenheim Fellowship, and at the University of Toronto.