Linda Taylor Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award in Healthcare Facility Design by AIA California
Taylor Design founder recognized for impact on architecture profession, contribution to healthcare design.
Taylor Design is thrilled to congratulate our founder and guiding light, Linda Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, for winning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In announcing the honor, AIA California said it recognized her for “a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment and in recognition of significant contributions and accomplishments toward the design and development of healthcare facilities in California.”
Linda Taylor founded Taylor Design in 1979, when it was rare for a woman architect to independently own and manage an architecture firm. She was president for 25 years, then chaired the board of directors for an additional 12 years. She continues to serve on the board of the growing firm, which in 2022 was ranked in the ENR 500 list of Top Design Firms for the first time, and was named by an industry consultant as the best U.S. architecture firm to work for every year from 2019 to 2022.
Taylor Design President Kevin Hinrichs, AIA, LEED AP, said, “Every employee-owner in our firm is smiling today in celebration of Linda Taylor for this recognition. Linda is not only a wonderful human, a talented artist and a beacon for our firm, she has been a tremendous positive influence on the profession of architecture and the design of healthcare facilities throughout her career. No one is more deserving of this honor.”
The AIA’s statement added, “Building on [Linda’s] foundation of an inclusive and diverse employee culture and a mission of ‘Design That Empowers People,’ Taylor Design is increasingly recognized as an industry leader.” The firm has expertise in Architectural Design, Interior Design, Planning, Design Strategy, and Strategic Analytics.
“Linda Taylor deserves enormous recognition in regards to the work she did when others didn’t, as well as the kind of practice she created and then led. She is an early example of a woman leading on her own,” the AIA California Board of Directors said in a its award announcement.
Linda is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, earning her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She studied under Sim Van der Ryn, one of the first architects to research and promote sustainable design practices in architecture.
Linda was President of the Orange County Chapter of the AIA, and a board member of the AIA California Council. She also served on the advisory councils for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Orange Coast College, and was a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). Linda was awarded AIA Orange County President’s Award, AIA OC’s Public Service Honor Award, OCBJ Women in Business Award, NAWBO OC “Pioneering Woman” Meteor Award, and many architecture and interior design awards.