The Jury is comprised of individuals from the architecture and arts communities along with individuals with ties to Marfa and who understand the community.
Architecture Discipline Head
Gail Peter 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.
In addition to holding a tenured position as associate professor at the University of Southern California, Borden is the architecture discipline head and director of the graduate architecture program. 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. His first book, Material Precedent: The Typology of Modern Tectonics, published in 2010 (Wiley Press); his second, Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production, published in 2011 (Routledge) his third Principia: Architectural Principles of Material Form, published in 2013 (Pearson); and in 2014 Process: Material and Representation in Architecture (Routledge) all focus on materiality.
As an artist, theoretician, and practitioner, Professor Borden’s research and practice focuses on the role of materiality and architecture in contemporary culture.
Meredith Dreiss holds an M.A. in Anthropology with a specialization in Mayan Archaeology. She is currently a Research Fellow at The Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin and is President of ArcheoProductions, Inc., a company that develops and produces anthropology-related educational projects. The documentary film, Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods, was produced in 2005 and later became the title of an academic book published in 2008 by the University of Arizona Press. Her most recent documentary film, “Agave is Life”, explores 10,000 years of a unique human-plant symbiosis.
Meredith is a member of the President’s Circle at the National Academy of Sciences and serves on a restoration fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is also an active board member of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. Meredith, along with partner David O.Brown, lives in Austin, Texas but has a second home and several commercial properties in Marfa, Texas.
For the last 30 years, Mike Green has worked as a licensed architect in California, New York and Texas. He has a Marfa architectural practice and specializes in construction phase management services for difficult projects in remote locations. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and includes these sustainable design principles in his architectural practice. In his spare time he enjoys throwing mud plaster on his adobe buildings in Marfa.
Born San Jose, Costa Rica (1959). Moved to the United States in 1974. Trained as an architect at the University of Houston College of Architecture (B.Arch.1981). Established Carlos Jimenez Studio in 1983. Tenured Professor at Rice University School of Architecture (2000), having taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Texas A&M University, University of California in Los Angeles and at Berkeley, University of Navarra in Pamplona Spain, Williams College, Tulane University, University of Houston, Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, University of Texas at Arlington and at Austin, and University of Oregon. Jimenez is a frequent lecturer, critic and jury member at national and international architecture events. Jury member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2001-2011.
Built works include among others: the Central Administration and Junior School for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Spencer Studio Art Building at Williams College, the Irwin Mortgage Corporate Headquarters, the Cummins Child Development Center, the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, the Crowley House, the Rice University Library Service Center and Data Center, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and the Centre Urbain in Evry France.
Jimenez has received several awards for excellence in design from Architectural Record, the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Athenaeum, Architecture, Progressive Architecture and the Architectural League of New York among others. The work has been published in numerous architectural journals, dedicated monographs and authored books such as “Carlos Jimenez” (Barcelona), “Carlos Jimenez Buildings” (New York), “Carlos Jimenez House and Studio” (Cambridge), and “Crowley” (Singapore).
Liz Lambert is not your typical hotelier, and it's not only because her background includes prosecuting street crime in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. What makes her perspective unique to the industry is how she learned the business. She bought the Hotel San José fifteen years ago with little more than guts and a vision. Unable financially to begin renovations, she ran the hotel herself for three years while forming a business plan and working to secure financing.
Liz is Bunkhouse's big thinker, constantly in motion with new grand visions forming all the time. After the San José, Liz saw an opportunity for a neighborhood coffee shop and built Jo's Coffee adjacent to the hotel. Next came the Thunderbird, a sleek, stylish hotel in West Texas (she no longer has a stake in the property) followed by a second Jo's location in downtown Austin. In late 2008 Liz and her team opened the Hotel Saint Cecilia, an opulent 14 room property named after the patron saint of music and poetry and situated on a sprawling 1880 Victorian estate around the corner from the Hotel San José. In 2009 the Bunkhouse team extended their portfolio into San Antonio with the purchase of the Havana Riverwalk Inn, reopened in April 2010 as Hotel Havana after a signature Lambert renovation and followed with the opening of lounge and restaurant Ocho at Hotel Havana in 2011. Also in 2009 Liz’s longtime dream project, El Cosmico – an 18 acre modern hippie campground/vintage trailer hotel in Marfa, TX – opened its doors to the public. In 2010 Jo’s Coffee expanded onto the St Edward’s University campus with 2 locations. Liz and Bunkhouse Group continue to explore new projects in Texas and beyond.
Jenny Moore is Executive Director of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. Over the last fifteen years, Moore has built a distinguished career in the field of contemporary art. She received a BA cum laude in Cultural Anthropology from Wake Forest University and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Bard College. From 2005 to 2011, she was Project Curator for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York City. In addition, she was Exhibitions Coordinator and Assistant Curator for 10,000 Lives, the 8th Gwangju Biennial (2010) working with Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni. Prior to her appointment at The Chinati Foundation, Moore was Associate Curator at the New Museum in New York City. At the New Museum, she curated several exhibitions including Pictures from the Moon: Artists' Holograms 1969-2008 (2012) and solo presentations of the work of Charles Atlas, Ellen Altfest, Erika Vogt, Stanya Kahn, and Brian Bress. In addition, she co-organized the New Museum's presentation of Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos (2012) and co-curated NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star (2013). She lives in Marfa with her husband Larry Bamburg and their two young daughters.
Sharon Odum, AIA has been in engaged in the practice of architecture since 1980, beginning her career with Omniplan in Dallas, before attending Rice University, where she received a Masters in Architecture. In 1985, she joined Gary Cunningham, FAIA, where she collaborated on many award winning projects, which included schools, libraries, conference and theatre centers, art galleries, nature centers, churches, offices and residential works.
Sharon Odum Architect, a small, Dallas architecture firm, was founded in 2000, where she has focused on maintaining a diverse range of project types. A modernist at heart, Sharon’s design philosophy is to get to the essence of the problem at hand, and to express the solution as honestly and directly as possible. As a process driven architect, she values collaboration with artists, craftsmen, other design professionals, and (even) the clients, knowing often it is more about the journey than the outcome. Socially, she knows the positive potential that architecture and design can bring to an individual, a community, and society as a whole, so as an Adjunct Professor, Sharon often teaches graduate design studios at the University of Texas at Arlington. As a board member of the Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit group dedicated to providing public discourse on architecture and urban design, Sharon’s focus has been on education and inclusivity.