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AILA Fellow

Kevin Taylor FAILA  

Citation:  Kevin Taylor was elected a fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in recognition of his contribution to the excellence of design in the public domain resulting in awards and raising the profile of the profession in the community.  Examples of his office’s work can be seen in all states of Australia and overseas.

Kevin also contributed to AILA and the profession over many years most recently through chairing the Education Committee assessing the landscape architecture course at the University of Adelaide as well as contributing to education and mentoring of students and young landscape architects.

Taylor Cullity Lethlean has been awarded over 65 international, national and state awards for design excellence including the 2008 National Architecture Award of Excellence, the 2006 National Excellence Award and National Merit Award in design and the 2004 Award of excellence for planning in Landscape Architecture.  Other Australian awards were received in previous years.

Director, Taylor Cullity Lethlean

Kevin Taylor was one of Australia’s leading landscape architects with thirty years experience in the field at all scales.

After working for a number of established Melbourne firms and lecturing at RMIT, in 1990 he formed the company Kevin Taylor and Kate Cullity Pty Ltd, which in its first year designed the award winning Box Hill Community Arts Centre with Gregory Burgess Architects. This was followed by projects such as the Uluru Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Healesville Sanctuary Platypus Exhibit and the Australian Garden Masterplan, all recipients of AILA National awards and internationally published. In 1995 Kevin returned to Adelaide and built up a successful design studio which undertakes work throughout Australia.

Kevin also continues to collaborate with the Melbourne TCL studio on many projects.

Much of Kevin’s project experience was in the development of high profile, complex sites where environmental, cultural and political sensitivities exist. Kevin had a strong interest and considerable experience in the design of urban spaces.

He led the design teams for the award winning North Terrace Redevelopment in Adelaide, the Manly Corso refurbishment in Sydney and the Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga Urban Regeneration Plan. Complimenting Kevin’s urban experience was his exceptional skills and experience working in natural environments. He worked in National Parks and places of World Heritage significance throughout Australia designing visitor facilities which are sensitive to the surrounding landscape. Under Kevin’s directorship Taylor Cullity Lethlean maintained its strong commitment to environmentally sensitive processes and outcomes.

In addition, he fostered the company’s emphasis on socially responsible design based on community consultation.

August 2011 - Message from the AILA

Tragically, Kevin Taylor was killed in a car accident in Darwin 7 August 2011.

A enormous loss to anyone who knew him. Thoughts go out to his family, friends, colleagues and the staff at Taylor Cullity Lethlean.

Link: Tribute by Bruce Mackenzie AM FAILA  September 2011  (or as PDF)


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