Taylor McNeill is a licensed landscape architect, certified ISA Arborist, and FAA Part 107 licensed drone pilot who has practiced Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning in Texas and Washington state since 2013. Taylor’s work focuses on projects with integral low-impact development features and biodiversity driven by cultural + social context. He is an advocate for science-based sustainability in design, which includes organic landscaping practices, environmental ethics, low carbon materiality, natural process adaptation, and designer/novel ecosystems. He believes compelling graphic communication, community engagement, and organized project management are integral to successful and impactful project work.
Living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Taylor spends lots of time outside. Walking, riding his bicycle, and hanging with friends at the park provide opportunities to observe how people and plants interact with the built environment and to discuss ideas and constructs that drive how we as humans interpret the world.
Outside of work, he likes to go backpacking, design and sew backpacking gear, create custom clothing articles from second-hand stores, draw, paint, and read. He revels in finding ways to reduce his carbon footprint, listens to music in the Vaporwave genre, and studies maps (especially Google Earth and Caltopo).
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
Natural systems, human anatomy, public space observation, art, art therapy, literature, technology
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be
I believe it is important to practice architectural design predominately in the city in which you live, in order to build trust with local communities, build contextually accurate projects, and advance the ideas of critical regionalism. Beyond this, I would like to play a role in the development of a National Scenic Trail in the US (Maybe in Texas? Big Bend to Bolivar Peninsula?)
What project are you most proud of?
Morgan Junction Park (Seattle), Public Life Counts! (Seattle) are recent favorites. Any of the tactical urbanism initiatives I’ve been apart of have been great as well. The bike lanes and parallel parking on Elysian (Houston) were borne from a one day tactical installation with Bike Houston and a resident led community organization on the Northside.