David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible combination of art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David's projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena. Driven 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's place-based projects have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Artlab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. David was a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University and continues to work with Harvard researchers as a Harvard Forest Associate Fellow to answer 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 at Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his independent practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.
2011, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture
1998, Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Dual Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Magna Cum Laude
2017 - Present, Associate Fellow of the Harvard Forest, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2016 – 2017, Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research at Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2017, Water Rights Residency, Santa Fe Arts Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2016, Studios at MASS MoCA Assets for Artists Residency, North Adams, MA
2015, Teton ArtLab Residency, Jackson, WY
2014, Trifecta Editions’ Hibernaculum Residency, Ticonderoga, NY
2019, Now + There Public Art Accelerator Program, Boston, MA
2018, Somerville Museum Community Curator Grant with Penelope Taylor, Somerville, MA
2017, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's Berkshire Environmental Endowment Grant with Hoosic River Revival, North Adams, MA
2015, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists, North Adams, MA
2018, Warming Warning, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Public Art Installation with Dr. Aaron Ellison et al.
2018, Triple Decker Ecology, Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA, Community Museum Installation with Curator Pennie Taylor et al.
2018, Proposed Futures: Then and Now, Urbano Project, Jamaica Plain, MA, Gallery Installation
2018, Hemlock Hospice Fieldwork, Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME. Photography Exhibition with Dr. Aaron Ellison
2018, Site Visit, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. Gallery Installation
2017, Hemlock Hospice, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, Public Art Installation with Dr. Aaron Ellison et al.
2017, Forest; Interdisciplinary Science Communication, Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, Museum Exhibition
2015, Campwood, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY, Public Art Installation
2015, Snack Stand, L.C. Bates Natural History Museum, Hinkley, ME, Public Art Installation
2015, Flagging Forests, DeCordova Corporate Art Lender Program, Cambridge, MA, Corporate Installation
2015, Greater Yellowstone, Daly Projects, Jackson, WY, Gallery Installation
2015, Hibernaculum, Innovation and Design Building, Boston, MA, Gallery Installation
2014, Wild West at BDGA, Bodega, Boston, MA, Retail Installation
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018, Shifting Sites, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Group Exhibition with Lateral Office and Snøhetta
2018, Dynamic Entities, Spring 83 Room, Watertown, MA, Group Exhibition
2017, The Open Pass, All Day Everyday, Los Angeles, CA, Group Exhibition
2016, Parts Unknown Flag Show, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2016, Juror’s Choice, Uforge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2016, Fun-A-Day Boston 2016, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2015, Trifecta Year Two, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, Group Exhibition
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, 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
2010, Maps..., Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition
Borden, David.Buckley. Ellison, Aaron M., 2018, “Learning from Art: Hemlock Hospice Inspires New Ways of Doing Science.” Sciart Magazine, Vol 33: October, 2018.
Borden, David. Buckley. “Envisioning New England Landscape Futures.” The Site Magazine, Vol: 37: 123-131. 2017.
Borden, David Buckley. “Graphic Adaptation.” Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 2(5): 150-158. 2014.
Selected Talks and Workshops
2018, Novel Ecosystem Viewfinders, Le Laboratoire, Cambridge, MA
2018, Artist Talk, Conway School of Landscape Design, Easthampton, MA
2018, Creative Collaboration For Ecosystem Science Education, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, ME
2018, Hemlock Hospice: Ecology, Art, and Design, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2018, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, New Directions in the American Landscape Symposium, Philadelphia, PA
2017, Sci-Arts Communication Workshop, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
2016, Ecological Reflections: Integrating the Arts and Humanities with Science at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Conference, Denver, CO
2016, Contemporary Sci-Arts, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
2016, Sci-Comm Data-Viz, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
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
Selected Professional Experience
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 as Roxy 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 distributed book 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.