Darren Taylor is the owner of Darren Taylor Design, an historic preservation design firm in Lexington, KY. He also serves as an instructor in the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky College of Design. Taylor'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. Taylor'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. He pushes his students to look at found objects as malleable elements where opportunities for contemporary space can be infused and complementary.