Alyson Taylor has over 20 years of experience as a landscape architect and joined HCM’s Baltimore office in 2005. Throughout her career, Alyson has led and collaborated on a broad range of award-winning projects varying in scale and complexity throughout many of HCM’s market sectors including Housing/Mixed-Use, Senior Living, PK-12 Education, Higher Education and Healthcare. Having worked on many projects with the Housing/Mixed Use and Senior Living market sectors in the DC Metro/Northern Virginia area and across the country, Alyson has developed a specific expertise in the design, construction detailing and technicalities of on-structure outdoor amenity spaces in an urban context.
She has been an advocate and leader in sustainable design from the beginning of her career. In 2007, she became a LEED Accredited Professional, in 2008 was selected by the Mayor to serve as a Commissioner on Baltimore City’s first Commission on Sustainability, and is currently the Landscape Architecture Market Sector Champion for HCM’s Sustainability Action Team. She is committed to reducing the carbon footprint and cultivating the regenerative nature of our projects through more informed material choices, the preservation of existing tree canopy, plant communities and soils, by planting more new trees, designing biodiverse plant communities and through being a positive, pro-active advocate for sustainable design principles when in design partnership with architects, engineers and clients.
Alyson holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. In addition to her education, her commitment to and understanding of the natural world is rooted in having grown up in gardens, studies in ethnobotany at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, work as a nursery person in the Bay Area, and her experience as an organic farmer at The Center for Discovery’s Thanksgiving Farm growing 10 acres of vegetables in a residential community for children and adults with developmental disabilities, where farming was a mode for healing. In addition to being a life-long natural world explorer, Alyson is a life-long “maker,” and is strongly influenced by her passion for and on-going exploration of art, craft, texture, and color. It is at the crossroads of all these influences where design inspiration grows.