Victoria Taylor OALA is principal and founder of VTLA Studio – a creative design studio based in Toronto’s Junction Triangle and in Prince Edward County, ON. VTLA designs urban and rural spaces informed and inspired by site, ecology, hydrology, materiality, social engagement, and horticultural possibilities; engaging with landscape as a social, artistic, and curatorial practice. The approach seeks to balance broad conceptual thinking with detailed design; pushing beyond superficial, aesthetic gestures to offer delight and beauty through the use of place-appropriate materials and forms, and to enhance ecosystem health for all beings.
Victoria is co-founder / co-curator of ====DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture, a curatorial project, launched in 2016, working with artists and audiences to animate public spaces along linear landscapes. She is also co-founder and inaugural curator of Grow Op, The Gladstone Hotel’s annual Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art Exhibition in Toronto (2012-2019).
In addition to teaching as a sessional lecturer and critic at the John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, Victoria teaches at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and is a featured writer for GROUND Quarterly. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Daniels Faculty.