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Sept. 2: Carnegie Mellon's David Lewis Lecture Series Presents Renowned Urban Designer Marilyn Taylor

Contact: Eric Sloss / 412-268-5765 / ecs@andrew.cmu.edu

Carnegie Mellon's David Lewis Lecture Series Presents
Renowned Urban Designer Marilyn Taylor


TaylorPITTSBURGH—The Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture's David Lewis Lecture Series presents renowned urban designer Marilyn Taylor, dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Taylor will present her lecture, "Architecture, Infrastructure and Urban Design," at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20 at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater in Oakland. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Dean of PennDesign since 2008, Taylor oversees programs in Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Fine Arts, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture and Urban Spatial Analytics. She advocates for the role of designers in addressing the challenges of sustainable urban form, responsible use of resources and quality of life.

Taylor is an Iowa native and a graduate of Radcliffe College. She attended the MIT Graduate School of Architecture and received her master's degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Taylor joined Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1971, was elected partner in 1985, served as the firm's first female chair from 2001 to 2003, and led the firm's practice in urban design. She remains a consulting principal at the firm.

Taylor also is distinguished for her civic and professional leadership, having served as a member of The Partnership for New York City, president of the American Institute of Architects (NYC Chapter), first female chair of the Urban Land Institute (2005-2007), visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a founding member of the New York New Visions Design and Planning Coalition.

This will be the ninth annual David Lewis Lecture on Urban Design. It is co-sponsored by the Remaking Cities Institute of the School of Architecture at CMU and the Heinz Architectural Center of the Carnegie Museum of Art. The lecture series is underwritten by Urban Design Associates in honor of David Lewis, founder of the firm and Emeritus Distinguished University Professor at Carnegie Mellon.

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Pictured above is urban designer Marilyn Taylor, dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.