Darrick Borowski, Assoc. AIA

Designer, futurist and expat of the midwest, Darrick has over 17+ years experience working on architecture, design and branding projects worldwide from offices in New York, London, Seattle and Chicago.

He is Principal and Design Director at AREA, an architectural practice advancing new modes of living, working and growing in an increasingly urbanizing world. Each project is seen as an opportunity for research through design and visa-versa, with an interest in our relationship with design and its effects on us and our behavior. Previously, as Creative Director at JPDA he led teams in retail, entertainment and interactive experience design for top tier clients including Apple, American Apparel, Harley Davidson and O2.

As co-founder of the research collaborative Edible Infrastructures, Darrick lectures and publishes about his research employing algorithmic design tools to speculate on new generative mechanisms for the design of future cities. Their current book project asks 'what might the city look like if food were considered a part of a city's basic infrastructure.' This architectural research proceeds from investigations into urban metabolism, emergence and self-organisation in biological systems.

Darrick teaches 2nd year design studio at the School of Visual Arts Interior Design program. The studio's focus is on research methodologies in design practice.

Previously, Darrick co-founded the cross-disciplinary production company Assembly Arts with whom he wrote, directed and produced for stage and and film. His short films have toured festivals and shown at the Getty Center in LA.

Darrick received his Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Architectural Association in London and his Bachelors from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.