Landscape Architecture Director Receives Second International Award
October 4, 2006
Architecture Professor Awarded for 'Environmental Quality Through Collaboration & Design'
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ARLINGTON—Pat D. Taylor, director of The University of Texas Arlington’s Program in Landscape Architecture, has been awarded the Merit Award for achieving “remarkable works for CIGR, the International Commission of Agricultural Engineers.” The award was given at the 2006 CIGR World Congress in Bonn, Germany, earlier this month.
According to Professor Dr. H.N. van Lier of the Wageningen Agricultural and Research Institute in the Netherlands, Dr. Taylor received the award because of his “critical renewal and positive contributions to the work of CIGR’s Section on Land, Water and Environment.” Singled out was the work Taylor did in hosting the Section’s 2005 conference on “Environmental quality through collaboration and design” at UT Arlington.
Van Lier’s endorsement noted that the conference brought together technically oriented environmental professionals with design-oriented planners whose combined aim was to improve land and water habitats at the regional scale. Taylor also was elected vice-chair of the Land, Water and Environment Section at the Bonn conference.
Taylor received the Award of Distinction earlier this year from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) at its annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The CELA award was based on his long standing support for research in landscape architecture.
Taylor has served as director of UT Arlington’s landscape architecture program since 1992. Among his current priorities is advancing the Program and the School of Architecture—in collaboration with Vision North Texas—as a regional design center for Dallas/Ft. Worth, an idea important to the School’s Dean, Don Gatzke.
Gatzke noted, “As we try to get a grip on the development future of North Texas, with the hope of making more ordered, efficient and liveable communities, we are going to look to landscape architecture to provide regional scale solutions for many of the most pressing issues,” said School of Architecture Dean Don Gatzke. “Dr. Taylor’s international experience and his local knowledge fit with where the regional design focus is going.”