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Professor Ken Taylor

Emeritus Professor Ken Taylor AM
Adjunct Professor

T: ( 02 ) 612 55883

start date: July 30, 2007
end date: June 30, 2013



Short biography:

Ken Taylor has degrees in Geography, Town Planning and Landscape Architecture. Until 2001 he was Professor of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Cultural Heritage Research Centre, University of Canberra. He has had a research interest in cultural landscapes since the mid-1980s and published nationally and internationally on meanings, values and cultural landscape conservation. He has been a consultant to UNESCO, ICOMOS and ICCROM. He curated an exhibition for the National Library of Australia ‘Country and Landscape’ in 2006. He has been interviewed as part of the National Library of Australia’s oral history program featuring people who have made a significant contribution in their field in Australia. Ken Taylor is also currently a Visiting Professor at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, where he teaches on the International Program in Architectural Heritage Management and Tourism and supervises doctoral students. He has also undertaken work and given lectures/conference papers on cultural heritage protection in Indonesia, India, China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Canada, UK, France and USA, and papers on Canberra, and is internationally known for his work. His attachment to Canberra as THE city in the landscape has been consistent since he came in 1975. He is recognised as a leading thinker on Canberra’s planning and its background. For a number of years (2000-2003) he did a weekly broadcast on Canberra’s suburbs on ABC radion. His book on Canberra, Canberra: City in the Landscape was published in 2006.

Current Research Projects:

Ken is currently working as co-author on a book A contemporary guide to cultural mapping. An ASEAN-Australia perspective which is a joint  AusHeritage-ASEAN COCI undertaking and is co-editing two books on cultural landscapes: Managing Cultural Landscapes and New Cultural Landscapes: Management of their Heritage Values. He is also contributing to the current debate in World Heritage circles on the topic of Historic Urban Landscapes and completed  a joint chapter for  book on Asian heritage values on this topic (in press 2010). In 2010 he is an invited speaker on the theme of Protecting Cultural Heritage at the World Universities Congress Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey.


Ken's teaching experience has covered place meaning; cultural landscape values and conservation; heritage conservation; historic site management; site planning and design; theory and history of Landscape Architecture; landscape assessment. He has extensive experience in supervision of PhD students and examining theses.


Past President Australian Institute of Landscape Architects; Board Member, Landscape Research Group and Associate Editor Asia-Pacific for the international Journal Landscape Research; Former Chair, ACT Place Names Committee; Member ACT Historic Places Management Committee; Chair, History Heritage Working Group for Centenary of Canberra (ACT Chief Minister’s Department). Member of Board of AusHeritage; Member ICOMOS International Scientific Commi;tee on Cultural Landscapes; Member Expert Advisory Panel – Wind Farms and Landscape Values, National Assessment Methodology Project 2006-2007; Heritage Advisor to Institute of Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts (IPPHA) in the RSHA at The ANU.

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