Distinguished Alumni Award

Alumni 2009


Moura Quayle

Moura Quayle (M.L.A., 1983)

Professor, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

Moura Quayle’s work is centered on urban landscape, including the public realm, urban ecology, greenways, public ways, and streets. With a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph (1974) and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley (1983), Quayle is the author of numerous academic, technical, and professional reports ranging from design education to community and public landscapes.

She has lectured nationally and internationally and has been frequently called upon in an advisory capacity at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. Quayle is also commissioner of the Pacific Coast Collaborative Commission of the Province of British Columbia in Canada.

Throughout Quayle’s professional and academic career, her transformative leadership has been demonstrated in strategic projects undertaken at the institutional, organizational, legislative, and municipal level. In 1992, as chair of Vancouver’s Urban Landscape Task Force, Quayle established a city-wide process of consultation on urban landscape that resulted in the implementation of the city’s Greenways program.

In 1997, Quayle was appointed dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she devoted the next eight years (1997-2005) to working to restructure the faculty and reconfigure all faculty systems. The result was a complete rebranding to the newly established Faculty of Land and Food Systems. During this time (March 2004 to June 2005), Quayle also held the position of Associate Vice President, UBC Okanagan Programs, where she was responsible for overseeing the development of the academic plan and blueprint for UBC Okanagan.

She has won awards for her research, for excellence in teaching, and for professional practice design and service. In 2004, Quayle received a Doctor of Science (Honoris causa), in recognition of her outstanding academic leadership, her contributions to the professional community of landscape architecture, and her work on agricultural issues in contemporary society.


Marilyn Taylor

Marilyn Jordan Taylor (M.Arch., 1974)

Dean and Paley Professor, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Architect and urban designer Marilyn Jordan Taylor is known for her passionate involvement in the design of urban projects and civic initiatives, as well as for her exceptional leadership on some of the most complex public and institutional projects around the world.

The first woman chairman of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Taylor led the firm in projects that used public space and infrastructure to shape urban districts and civic places including Columbia University’s Manhattanville Master Plan, the East River Waterfront Master Plan, the reclamation of Con Ed’s East River sites for mixed-use development, and the new urban campus for John Jay College.

Taylor founded and led SOM’s airports and transportation division. Her work includes international projects such as the award-winning Change Airport Station in Singapore and Sky City at Hong Kong International Airport. Her rail projects include 15 intercity railway stations from Washington, D.C., to Boston.

In October 2008, following more than three decades of practice at SOM, she became dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Taylor is also a civic leader, has served on a variety of boards, and was chairwoman of the Urban Land Institute. She also was a founding member of New York New Visions, formed to galvanize the support of business and professional communities for the restoration and rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.

Taylor has degrees from Radcliffe College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley, where she received her Master of Architecture. She joined the Washington, D.C. office of SOM in 1971 and was elected partner in 1985.

She has been recognized as one of Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women in Business-Power 25 (2007) and Crain’s Top 100 Leaders in New York City (2002), and as CREW*NY’s Woman of the Year (1998), and she has received the Association of Real Estate Women’s (AREW) Outstanding Achievement Award (2003). In addition, she was awarded the 2001 Professional Leadership Award by Professional Women in Construction, was named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar in 2002, and was given the 2005 Industry Recognition Award from the New York Building Congress.