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The Power of Place

Darren Taylor

Instructor

Darren Taylor is currently creative director at Nomi Design, an architecture, design and fabrication firm in Lexington, Ky. He also serves as an assistant professor in the Historic Preservation department at the University of Kentucky College of Design. Darren’s work in the field mainly deals with the adaptive reuse of historic structures or contemporary additions to historic structures along with new construction work across various disciplines. He holds a bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Architecture and a Certificate in Historic Preservation, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Darren’s pedagogy in the classroom is focused on the erosion of “glass box” preservation ideals and the theory that what is old isn’t always important and what is important isn’t always old. Darren pushes his students to look at found objects as malleable elements where opportunities for contemporary space can be infused and complementary.

Moose Lodge Adaptive Re-Use

Lexington, KY | 38.048390, -84.491601

Renovation and addition to an 1840's federal style residential structure. New open plan offices and a contemporary concrete and glass stair tower were adds to the original volume.

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Fayette Park

Lexington, KY | 38.056315, -84.491751

This project is a renovation and addition to an 1890 Richardsonian/Romanesque house in the Fayette Park section of downtownLexington. The renovation re-imagines existing spaces to create new, dynamic moments.

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Calospa Rejuvenation Center

Lexington, KY | 38.029226, -84.490721

Owners Dr. Brad Calobrace and Dr. Nana Mizuguchi sought to design a fluid, clean and calming space that bolsters their brand while providing functional post and pre-op consultation-exam spaces.

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