Paola Aguirre Serrano is founder of BORDERLESS — a Chicago-based urban design and research practice focused on cultivating collaborative design agency through interdisciplinary projects. With emphasis on exchange and communication across disciplines, Borderless explores creative civic design and engagement interventions that address the complexity of urban systems and social equity by looking at intersections between architecture, urban design, infrastructure, landscape, planning and community participatory processes. Paola is an active educator, currently teaching architecture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She has been acknowledged by Next City Vanguard and Impact Design Hub’s 40 Under 40, Newcity Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago, Field Foundation Civic Leader for Racial Equity, Chicago United for Equity Fellow, and recently appointed by the City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as Commissioner of Chicago Landmarks and member of the Cultural Advisory Council. Paola received a M. of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard School of Design.


The College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series provides opportunities for the community to interact with leaders in the field of contemporary art, design, and culture. Through lectures, conversations, and workshops, a diverse range of art professionals provide students with new perspectives on contemporary artistic practices. This year’s series highlights artists who are committed to engaging with materiality through diverse mediums and practices.

The series is a collaboration between the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the Fine Arts, Architecture, and Photography programs. All lectures are free and open to the public. Times and Locations are subject to change.