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Taylor McNeill, PLA, ISA Certified Arborist PN-9009A

Taylor McNeill, PLA, ISA Certified Arborist PN-9009A

Senior Designer

Seattle, WA

Education

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Minor in Urban Planning, Texas A&M University

Discipline

Certifications

  • Professional Landscape Architect, WA #20111108
  • ISA Certified Arborist PN-9009
  • FAA Part 107 Drone PIlot

Awards

  • 2019 Seattle Architecture Foundation, Embrace the Rain Competition Winner
  • 2017 Mayors Proud Partner Award Recognition, Streets for People - Keep Houston Beautiful

Taylor is a Senior Associate Designer based out of Seattle who has practiced Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in Washington and Texas since 2013. Taylor’s work focuses on projects with integral low-impact development features and increasing biodiversity within cultural + social contexts. He is an advocate for science-based sustainability in design, which is advanced through a focus on low carbon materiality, natural process adaptation, soil microbiology, designer/novel ecosystems, and organic landscaping practices. Taylor advances landscape architecture as an evolving and dynamic role within the community, layering in concepts from nature therapy, environmental ethics, critical regionalism, tactical urbanism, and behavioral psychology into the design process. He believes thoughtful site analysis, community engagement, empathy, and organization 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).

 

Q&A

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.