July 11, 2005
Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, a partner
in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM),
has been appointed chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based
Urban Land Institute (ULI). She will be the first architect,
and the first woman, to head the research and education institute
since it was established in 1936. The ULI is dedicated to
enhancing land-use. Its 26,000 members are located primarily
in the U.S., but there are also members in nearly 100 countries.
Ms. Taylor is a former president of the New York chapter
of the American Institute of Architects and chairman of the
AIAs regional and urban design committee. She says she
intends to focus on urban sustainability, smart growth and
infrastructure issues confronting U.S. cities during her two-year
volunteer term. She notes that she also plans to look at meshing
urban density and open space policies, and hopes to build
stronger connections with the AIA and other industry associations.
Ms. Taylor has been a ULI member since 1988.