Student Lecture Series | Caitlin Taylor: The Architecture of the Food System

Friday, October 23, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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This lecture will be conducted through Zoom. Please register in advance here. Zoom account registration is required.

Caitlin Taylor is an architect with a background in agriculture; she brings to the firm an interdisciplinary focus on environmental, economic, and social justice in the food system. She directs the Food System Design Lab at MASS, and is leading projects around the country including the operational design of the Poughkeepsie Public Market, the Good Shepherd Conservancy in Lindsborg, Kansas, Brigaid school kitchen design guidelines, and a temporary agricultural installation in Columbus, Indiana.

Prior to joining MASS, Caitlin led an independent practice focused on water infrastructure. In this capacity, she was recipient of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction Gold Prize for her work on urban flood control in Las Vegas.

Caitlin lives with her family in East Haddam, Connecticut, where they own and operate an organic vegetable and cut flower farm. She has taught advanced architecture studios at the Yale School of Architecture and Columbia Graduate School for Architecture, Planning & Preservation, and previously worked at firms in New York City and Connecticut. Caitlin studied biochemistry at Wesleyan University and received her Masters of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture. She is a registered architect with licenses in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

This remote lecture and discussion is free and accessible to the public.

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