Chris Taylor is an architect, educator, and director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech University. He studied architecture at the University of Florida and received his Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. In 1998 he was awarded the Steedman Traveling Fellowship by Washington University and spent a year in Venice Italy mapping the spatial character of the city’s relationship between water and sky. Taylor teaches in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech, he has also taught within the interdisciplinary design program in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and in architecture programs at the Universities of Arizona, North Dakota State, and Florida. He explores the interstitial forces creating landscape through his practice, the Architecture Workers Combine arcworkerscombine.com which has built work in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Through his investment in the mechanics of construction and collaboration he has translated renga, an ancient form of Japanese communal poetry, into an operative model for building that pivots on excellence without requiring consensus.
Land Arts of the American West landarts.org is a field program operating within the intersection of geomorphology and human construction. The program was started in 2000 by Bill Gilbert and has developed through collaboration between Gilbert and Chris Taylor since 2002. We are currently working on a book utexas.edu/utpress/books/taylan.html about the development of the program that will be published by the University of Texas Press in 2009. In 2007 Taylor led a group of students and professionals on a Land Arts expedition in Chile called "Atacama Lab: 07" earthworkslab.org which is documented in a December 2008 book published by Incubo of Santiago.