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Anne P. Taylor, PhD, Recognized by Marquis Who's Who for Excellence in Architectural Studies

Dr. Taylor is the co-founder of School Zone Institute, a facility researching the educational effects of built environments and design education

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM, August 25, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Anne P. Taylor, PhD, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Taylor obtained a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Wells College in Aurora, New York, and furthered her education with a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in arts education from Arizona State University in Phoenix in 1971. Between 1971 and 1974, she prospered as the director of Learning Environments, Southwest Cooperative Education in Albuquerque, a federal laboratory environment that researched the effects of the school and classrooms environment on education and verbal communication of minority groups in the Southwest.

As a regents and distinguished professor in the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico (UNM) from 1974 until 2010, Dr. Taylor continued her research and instruction on effects of the physical environment on learning and behavior. In 2008, she published the book "Linking Architecture and Education: Sustainable Design of Learning Environments," in which she discusses the role of cutting-edge school design in shaping creativity, cultural appreciation, ecological literacy and academic achievement in students.

In 1983, Dr. Taylor formed the School Zone Institute (SZI), a collaboration with Wyoming architect George Vlastos, which promotes design and aesthetic education for teachers, children and adults though the use of an integrated model of teaching and learning borrowed from architectural design studios. This model of education includes using design as a nexus for teaching concepts in science, technology, engineering, the arts, architecture and mathematics and history. SZI also functions as a research and development center that addresses the physical learning environment of schools and as a repository for documents, speeches, reports and books relating to design and environment. Dr. Taylor was inspired to co-create SZI following a conversation with some children on a beach, during which time she asked why they were keeping some seashells and discarding others. After receiving their response, that they were keeping the beautiful shells, she realized that children have an aesthetic sense even at a very young age.

During her over 40-year career, Ms. Taylor has accrued many honors, including an Ideal Citizen Award from the Age Citizens Council of the Age of Enlightenment in 1977, as well as a Collaborative Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects, of which she is an honorary member. Likewise, she received an Outstanding Service Dedication from UNM. In the coming years, Ms. Taylor hopes to add her book to college and university curricula.

Currently she is working with architects in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan who are teaching SZI interdisciplinary methods in design education to children and educators in those countries.

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