Taylor LaRocque is an Earl Gray resident, an amateur photographer, and you’ve probably seen her walking her Dalmatians in the surrounding neighborhoods. Why is this important? Because it’s Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba and landscape architecture, among other things, is about people and the communities that connect them.
Taylor is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Manitoba, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. She is now Associate Landscape Architect and Indigenous Design Consultant with Public City Architecture, and she is one of many people in your community who have a story to tell.
Originally from Regina, Taylor has lived in Winnipeg for over 10 years and has fully immersed herself in Winnipeg life — she is Co-Chair of the Communications Committee with the Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and sits on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Society. of Journal of Landscape Architecture, Landscapes|Landscapes, which keeps him busy in his spare time. If that wasn’t enough, she can often be found walking her two dogs and exploring the many shops and restaurants in the area. Taylor is also a photographer, capturing and cataloging images of your communities and her many travels.
At school, Taylor had the opportunity to travel with other students on a whirlwind tour of European public spaces, including Paris, Amsterdam and Genoa. Seeing these landscapes and studying them taught him a lot and inspired other trips to explore the world. Another formative experience for her was completing her master’s thesis on the Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota. He explored the controversial nature of the monument and the multifaceted stories of everyone involved, teaching him about cooperation, perspective and legacy.
“As designers, we must always be mindful of who we are really designing for and the lasting impact of what our work could be,” she said.
Like Taylor, Public City Architecture is a highly collaborative, cross-disciplinary firm in the West End, with projects ranging from large-scale urban design plans down to small interventions. Taylor is involved in several aspects of each project, but those that are playful and full of color are her favorites. The project she focuses on the most is Thunderheadthe winning design for Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ National Monument.
“This is a project that is very close to my heart. I still pinch myself because I can’t believe we could work on something so impactful – it’s a responsibility we take very seriously,” she said.
During Manitoba Landscape Architecture Month, designers and architects like Taylor work with MALA (Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects) to host public events and encourage you to get lost in your own community. One such event is the Landscape Rocks! scavenger hunt showcasing the sometimes subtly designed spaces of your community. Follow MALA on social media to stay up to date with more events.
Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects
The Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects celebrates Manitoba Landscape Architecture Month each September.
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