The Sir James Irwin President’s medal celebrates the work of a practitioner who has demonstrated exemplary contribution to South Australia through design. In conferring the posthumous Award, the President of the AIA SA Chapter, Mr Nick Tridente said Kevin Taylor established “an approach to the development of our built environment that we can all learn from.”
“The increased awareness of the fragility of our environment and of greater understanding of the complexity of 21st century demands, has required a change in approach from these entrusted with forging our built environment.
Kevin Taylor understood long ago that change to attitudes towards people and the environment were required to meet the needs of the future generations.” Mr Tridente said.
In the jury citations, the redevelopment of North Terrace was selected from many projects lead by Kevin for particular recognition as "one of the most successful urban design projects delivered in South Australia".
Although in truth, many projects led by Kevin could have been chosen. From the Northern Expressway to the Victoria Square/ Tarndanyangga Masterplan, Kevin was renowned for his deeply ethical approach to design, showing great respect for the sites and communities he worked with.
Kevin's approach was summed up aptly by Phil Harris of Troppo Architects "Be it in the main street or out bush, an executed Taylor project represents a natural fit with its setting, as if it had always been there - you have to look twice to see the hand of Man in Kevin's work."
Kevin Taylor first acquired a Degree in Architecture at the University of South Australia and then in Landscape Architecture as he set out on a journey to learn more about the Australian context, history, people, the environment and how to incorporate all of this into his work.
Kevin Taylor and partner Kate Cullity began the landscape and urban design practice known as Taylor and Cullity in 1990, which later became Taylor Cullity Lethlean in 2000. With his collaborative approach to design, Kevin effectively brought together the professions of landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, social planning, visual art and horticulture.
Kate Cullity considers the Award a great honour. "Kevin's legacy lives on every day in our studio as we constantly reflect and ask ourselves, how would Kevin do that or think about this?" And for me, more recently "what would he be exploring next, what would be his new frontiers?" she said.
Source from AILA