Hey, I'm Justin-Benjamin 'JB' Taylor! A Guyanese-Lebanese designer and educator, practicing as a Landscape Architect and Urbanist. Originally from Hamilton, I’ve been working and residing as a guest on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories in Vancouver since 2013.
In summer of 2020 I co-founded the Black+Indigenous Design Collective (BIDC) which is a non-profit with an audacious 2050 mission of at least doubling the representation of Black and Indigenous people in spatial design professions in Canada – primarily through awareness and education pathways. In Winter 2021, I co-created and taught an upper-level studio as an adjunct professor at UBC SALA where Master’s students were guided in a new way of approaching design through one’s cultural lens, learning how to facilitate design in community responsibly rather than prescriptively. These concepts are now being taught as part of our three annual intensive programs: DesignCyper™, PublicArt℠, + MST Futurism. Please take a look at our current programs and help share our mission with others if you appreciate our vision!
I'm also a small-batch ceramist and sculptor... Check out my work NewbieCeramics.com, on Instagram or TikTok!
UBC SALA | ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, w 2021
Design Studio IV | LARC 504: [RE]VISITING HOGAN'S ALLEY
DURANTE-KREUK | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, 2018 – PRESENT | INTERN LA, 2016 – 2018
PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE | CLIENT + DESIGN LEAD
Masterplans & Multi-Tower | Surrey City Centre Development, Maple Ridge City Centre Development, The Boot Development, The Luxe, Plaza 104 Surrey, Liveable Deep Cove, Abbotsford Village...
Parks & Open Space | White Rock Memorial Park, Burnaby Village Museum, Brewery District Transit Plaza, Burke Mountain D9 Park...
High-Rise | The Pacific Tower & Artscape Passive House, Meridian, Elements, 880 Pandora, Broadway Tower, 525 Seymour, The Cedar, The Ellsworth, Altus...
Mid-Rise & Townhome | River Park Place 2, Elevate at Pemberton, Eleven West, Kits Block, The Lina, Victoria & 11th, Haven Townhomes, 14th Avenue Townhomes, Arcola Street, Vista, Como Lake, The Brownley, Cascade Gardens...
Institutional | TRU Nursing & Public Health, VIU Trades Precinct...
Commercial | Sheraton & GCC Redevelopment, 550 Cambie, Richmond Centre Ph2, TAB PC...
on linked in | UBC GRaduate T.A. & R.A. | UWATERLOO Undergrad T.A. | ALTERNATIVES JOURNAL BRAND LEAD | NIKO APPAREL Lead DESIGNER | DEFLIPPIS DESIGN RESIDENTIAL ARCH DESIGNER ...
The University of British Columbia | Master of Landscape Architecture, 2013 – 2016
University of Waterloo | Bachelor of Environment, 2009 – 2013
Professional Degree in Planning wit Honours in Urban Design and in Land Use Planning. Minor in Knowledge Integration.
University of Waterloo Sustainability Project
uWaterloo Student Planning Association
Canadian Association of Planning Students
Waterloo Public Interest Research Group
HOBBIES | 2017-2021
NETWORKS | ONGOING
GREEN COLLAR FUTURES
BLACK LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS NETWORK