Paola Aguirre Serrano MAUD '11

Paola Aguirre Serrano is founder of BORDERLESS Studio | Workshop— Chicago-based urban design and research practice focused on collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. With emphasis on exchange and communication across disciplines, Borderless explores creative city design and civic engagement proposals that address the complexity of urban systems and social equity by looking at intersections between architecture, urban design, infrastructure, landscape, planning, and participatory processes.

Paola’s professional experience includes working with government agencies, non-profit organizations, universities and architecture/urban design offices in Mexico and the United States in projects at various scales—from regions to neighborhoods. She is an active educator, and currently teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Archeworks. She also participates with academic institutions or education public programs, and has been guest reviewer to undergraduate/graduate design studios in University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Illinois Institute of Technology, Archeworks (Chicago), University of Texas (Austin), Arizona State University (Tempe), University of Tennessee (Knoxville), and ITESM (Querétaro, Monterrey and Chihuahua). She also enjoys documenting and writing about urban research, explorations, and experiences, and has contributed with editorial pieces to Next City, Scapegoat Journal, MAS Context, Transect and Arquine. She also has contributed to multiple exhibitions and her work has been featured at the Chicago Cultural Center, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago Architecture Biennial and Form N-X00 / US Pavilion Biennale Architettura 2018.

She has been acknowledged by Next City Vanguard’s 40 Under 40 (2016), Impact Design Hub’s 40 Under 40 (2017), and Newcity Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago (2018).