Taylor is a PhD candidate exploring ethics in architecture and urban design, with a specific focus on urban nighttime lighting. Research will examine the historical significance of lighting technologies in cities coupled with an exploration of how contemporary design interventions, policies, and emerging technologies can be utilized responsibly.
Taylor has a Master in Environmental Studies from York University in Canada, during which he explored the intersection of environmental and architectural philosophy. His culminating paper investigated lighting in built environments from a philosophical perspective, arguing that lighting – as an integral experiential facet of buildings and urban spaces – can play a key role in questioning commonly held dichotomies central to environmental ethics. Taylor also has an Honours Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) from the University of Toronto where he studied architectural design, art history, and environmental ethics. Prior to attending TU Delft Taylor helped to organize the Sustainable Design Awards – a student design competition in Ontario – and worked on urban policy and infrastructure issues at Evergreen in Toronto.