Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and former Dean at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, was honored with the George M. White Award for Excellence in Public Architecture at the American Architectural Foundation’s 2017 Accent on Architecture Gala on April 13, 2017 . The Gala, held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., celebrates individuals and organizations whose professional accomplishments combine architecture with civic and community betterment.
Taylor spent more than 30 years as urban designer and partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP. At SOM she led the firm’s practices in airports, transportation, and urban design, also serving as its first woman Chairman. She has been elected as a Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for New York City, President of the American Institute of Architects NYC Chapter, Chairman of the AIA City and Regional Planning Committee, Chairman of the New York Building Congress, and President of the Forum for Urban Design, as well as a member of visiting committees of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Architecture program at MIT. She is a board member of the Regional Planning Association, the Forum for Urban Design, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, as well as a Housing Commissioner of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. She also serves as Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, where she was the first architect and first woman to serve as Urban Land Institute’s Worldwide Chairman. She continues to champion a renewed focus on cities, resilient communities, and infrastructure investment.
“Marilyn Taylor is among the world’s most respected architects and is recognized globally as a thought leader in urban design,” said AAF President and CEO Ronald E. Bogle, Hon. AIA. “Her humor, warmth, and passion also contributes to her down-to-earth demeanor. Marilyn exudes deep enthusiasm and compassion in her dedication to enhancing the vitality of urban communities through design. AAF is very proud to include Marilyn Taylor among those great architectural leaders previously honored with the George M. White Award.”
The George M. White Award  was established in 2012, and is named for the late George M. White, FAIA, who during his 25-year tenure as the Ninth Architect of the Capitol oversaw key construction and restoration projects in and around Washington, D.C., including the construction of Library of Congress’ James Madison Memorial Building, the Hart Senate Office Building and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, and the restoration of the Old Supreme Court Chamber and the Old Senate Chamber. Past recipients have included M. Arthur Gensler Jr., FAIA ; Kevin Roche, FAIA ; and David M. Childs, FAIA .
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