In the past few President’s Letters, I’ve thanked both Arline Chambers and Svetlana Petrovic for their contributions to keeping SAH/SCC humming and serving the membership. I would be remiss not to mention the longest-serving member of our team: our newsletter editor, Julie D. Taylor.
Some 18 years ago, Julie took over as editor of SAH/SCC News from Richard Rowe. Through her vision, leadership, and editorial skills, it became an award-winning publication filled with Chapter activities and the first comprehensive calendar of architectural events in Los Angeles.
Julie’s contributions to the organization, however, have far exceeded her role as newsletter editor. Julie conceptualized and led the very first of our popular Modern Patrons programs in which we engage original owners of modern residential architecture in a meaningful dialogue about the experience of commissioning a noted Southern California architect to design a home for them. Julie was also responsible for our Members’ Celebration at City Hall some years ago—a memorable event for all who attended. And she once again brought her considerable talents to the table for the panel discussion last year at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
As principal of her firm Taylor & Company, Julie brings expertise and experience as a design industry publicist, marketer, writer, editor, and critic to the marketing and public relations efforts for her architecture and design clients. As author of the books Outdoor Rooms (Rockport, 1999), Bars, Pubs, & Cafés (Rockport, 2000), and co-author of Spa: The Sensuous Experience (Images, 2006), Julie has demonstrated that she not only talks the talk: she walks the walk.
Not surprisingly, therefore, she was awarded Honorary AIA/LA status by the American Institute of Architects and was recently named Public Director to the National AIA Board of Directors. The AIA California Council presented its Allied Achievement Honor Award to Julie for her “design evangelism.”
This newsletter features the latest in a series of events Julie has planned for SAH/SCC, exploring contemporary architects designing their own homes. Following in the footsteps of Dorothy Measer’s Anthem House in Venice, the next installment will take us all on an adventure to Laguna Beach where Julie’s thoughtful program will raise questions about what it means to design space while addressing contemporary issues of sustainability.
So please join me in thanking Julie for her many contributions to SAH/SCC and congratulating her on national recognition by the AIA. We are incredibly fortunate to have her as part of the SAH/SCC family.