Michael Taylor

Founding Partner

Michael Taylor

B.A., M. Arch, OAA, RAIC

Michael Taylor has been partner-in-charge and principal designer of many of the firm’s high profile projects that include custom residences, schools, community centres and workplace environments. Each of these has benefited from his hands-on approach and careful attention to detail and materiality.

His approach to design is founded on creating a partnership with his clients to craft thoughtful, and enduring spaces. His work has received 25 awards for design excellence, including 3 Ontario Association of Architects awards, one of which also received the People’s Choice award, as well as a Toronto Urban Design Award for the Market Street Redevelopment.

A registered architect since 1993, Michael cofounded Taylor Smyth Architects in 2000 with Robert Smyth. Over the past 16 years, he has completed 12 custom residences, numerous projects for the Toronto District School Board, the $10 million Centennial Community Center, and many workplace projects. He recently completed the commercial redevelopment of the full block along Market Street opposite the St. Lawrence Market, which included renovation and retrofit of a number of heritage buildings, along with the design of a new building to complete the block.

Education

1983

Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Master of Architecture

1979

University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts

Affiliations

Curator’s Circle, Art Gallery of Ontario
Member, Toronto Society of Architects
Member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Registered Member, Ontario Association of Architects


Recent Experience

Educational

West Preparatory Junior Public School
Swansea Junior and Senior Public School
Dr. Eric Jackman ICS, University of Toronto
Fairbank Public School
F.H. Miller Public School
Glen Park Public School
Kimberley Beaches Public School
Playhouse Childcare Centre

Community

Centennial Community Centre
Queensway Park Fieldhouse
The Simple Alternative
Elgin Mills Crematorium and Office