The influence of architecture on a major American city

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A Page design director's perspective on Dallas' evolving urban landscape

When Michel Borg first moved there in the 1990s, he felt the city lacked the thriving urban cores seen on the East Coast. Since then, it has undergone a transformation which Michel describes as “something that I had always hoped and imagined it to be as a younger architect."

He explains that as the architecture of Dallas changes, future developments are having to blend into those changing aesthetics. This is driven not just by architects but also growing demand from clients for better infrastructure. Part of his role at Page is to maintain the prioritization of diligence around design excellence.

“I think the architects that are working on those projects are paying very close attention to their surroundings, and they're delivering buildings at a much higher quality and much higher level," Michel says. Our team recently completed work on the Fountain Place Residential Tower, which finally completes the iconic Pei Cobb Freed master plan created in the 1980s. The 45-story green glass highrise is the tallest new downtown building since 1987.

This kind of work has gone a long way to influence public perception of Dallas, which today is known as a cosmopolitan financial center. In the below video, Michel elaborates further on design excellence.

Content modified from an interview with Michel Borg that appeared in the Dallas Business Journal

About Michel

As Design Director for our Dallas office, Michel has more than 30 years of experience working on large-scale transformative urban projects and brings specific expertise to our academic, corporate/commercial, healthcare and housing/hospitality market sectors.

Throughout his career, Michel has integrated teaching with his professional practice. He has taught design studios and classes at institutions like Princeton, NJIT, and The University of Texas, and he travels nationwide to give guest lectures and participate in final reviews.