Bio

Victoria Taylor Landscape Architect /VTLA designs spaces informed and inspired by context, ecology, community engagement and social and horticultural possibilities. The firm (est. 2012) employs an open, creative and collaborative design process. Victoria Taylor, an OALA licensed landscape architect is founder and principal of the firm.

VTLA designs for private, municipal, commercial and institutional clients at a variety of scales and complexities including roof gardens, rain swales and custom furnishings in wood and steel.  Taylor is the co-creator of Parks & Rec, an 1800 sq. ft. organic roof garden in Parkdale; she led the community design process and developed the design and construction package for Toronto’s West End YMCA roof top food garden and she is leading a similar community -engagement process to develop a landscape master plan for The Hub Child + Family Centre in Picton, ON.  VTLA is the project landscape architect for the proposed 5th Church of Christian Science in Toronto.

Taylor is an independent curator for Grow Op: Exploring Landscape and Place, the annual four-day exhibition at The Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto.  Other public art projects include “Concrete Bloom Burst” for Canada Blooms 2012, Toronto which won the Evergreen Brickworks SEED Award and the Leslie L. Solty Memorial Award for best overall creativity in garden design, and “Emergent Structures”, a video installation for *Queen Specific (http://www.queenspecific.com/13_04.html) that celebrates the form, colour and context of tree bud emergence during spring in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

She is a contributor to the OALA’s quarterly GROUND magazine, is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture Waterloo University, and a studio critic at the John H. Daniels Faculty for Landscape, Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto.