William M Taylor

Emeritus Professor, BArch Louisiana, GradDipAA(Hist. & Th.) ArchAssocGS(Lond.), PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Professor William M (Bill) Taylor is a native of Louisiana, growing up amidst the distinctive wetlands, antebellum ruin and political quagmire of America's Deep South. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours degree from Louisiana State University (1984) where he came to understand buildings by means of philosophy, literature and humanities-based learning, and to challenge fundamentalist thinking of whatever denomination. He obtained a Graduate Diploma in History and Theory from the Architectural Association in London (1987) where he turned these proclivities to study architecture in relation to sociology and politics, art and power. His subsequent move to Australia encouraged additional interests in landscape theory and environmental studies. He obtained a PhD from UWA (1995) with a thesis that identified historical and theoretical grounds for reasoning about nature and the built environment.  He has been a Registered Architect since 1986.

Bill is a founding member of the Eco-Matters research group in the School of Design at UWA.

Roles and responsibilities

Professor Taylor served as his School's first Discipline Chair (Architecture), Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Associate Dean (Research and Research Training), Graduate Research Coordinator, and Member of the University Promotions and Tenure Committee.


Professor Taylor has researched widely and published frequently. His research outcomes include a monograph and co-authored books, edited volumes and special journal issues, as well as numerous refereed journal articles and published conference papers, catalogue essays and design reviews. He writes on subjects including history and theories of the built environment (interdisciplinary and humanities research); buildings in social and political contexts; philosophy and architecture; and catastrophe and disaster studies.  An additional back-burner project is about architecture, ships and the sea.  He and his collaborators have written for Ashgate, Routledge and Bloomsbury, among top-shelf publishers.

The Research Output that follows begins with a brief selection of highlighted works of an interdisciplinary or collaborative nature that were particularly meaningful or formative for their authors or editors.

Small Print: Other published outcomes (such as edited special journal issues) may not appear under the following headings by publication type (Article, Chapter, Conference Paper, etc) for they do not conform to the dictates of research management and commerically-acquired staff profile software, just as Books (authored or edited) are sadly relegated to the back of the bus these days.  Likewise, some Projects are described as finished owing to funding and reporting arrangments whereas, to the contrary, the lines of inquiry they portend remain very much alive, with collaborations ongoing and additional publications forthcoming. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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