Borderless Studio is a Chicago-based collaborative research and design practice co-led by Paola Aguirre Serrano and Dennis Milam that takes a holistic approach to complex city systems, emphasizing civic engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration as fundamental elements of equitable community design processes. Conceived as a combination design studio and community workshop, Borderless often finds itself at the center of collaborative, community-based projects, addressing issues of social justice, racial equity, shared resources, and neighborhood development. It invests heavily in research and education, drawing expertise from the arenas of architecture, landscape design, community activism, and public service to shape processes and plans that are inclusive of diverse stakeholders and publics.
Aguirre Serrano is an urban designer and educator, and her leadership is widely acknowledged in multidisciplinary urban design, contributing regularly to published writings on the subject, organizing workshops, and teaching at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Washington University. Milam is an architect with wide professional experience including working closely with private clients, developers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and architecture and engineering offices in the United States, Austria, Middle East and Asia on projects of various scales.