Leading Australian landscape architecture firm, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) announces a new grant program for creative professionals in memory of founding director, Kevin Taylor (1953-2011).

The Kevin Taylor Legacy provides an opportunity for creative individuals from any profession, industry, trade or the arts to pursue ideas and interests relating to the expanded field of landscape architecture, as found in the work of Kevin Taylor.

As part of the program, TCL will invite one individual each year to be a ‘creative in residence’ at the firm and pursue a topic of their choice with the assistance of a $12,000 grant. The ‘creative in residence’ program aims to encourage the exchange of ideas and thinking within a studio environment and will culminate in a showcase of the selected individual’s work.

Grace Lin, Senior Landscape Architect at TCL explains that the Kevin Taylor Legacy provides an opportunity for the firm to engage with Kevin’s living memory, while also expanding the field of landscape architecture.

She added Kevin was particularly passionate about representing, interpreting and interacting with the Australian landscape. He also had a strong interest in urban design and social planning, particularly in respect to how community and individuals relate to the civic condition.

Kasimir Burgess, an international award-winning filmmaker, has been selected to be the first ‘creative in residence’ at TCL, commencing in 2015.

Kasimir said it was a great honour to be the recipient of the first Kevin Taylor legacy fund. Having always been inspired by Kevin Taylor and TCL’s sensitivity to a site, their ability to respond to its history, its people and its spirit, and build a kind of engaging conceptual narrative, he looks forward to creating a film, which strives to build the character of an environment and then depicts the human relationship to it.

Kasimir, who has won a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, launched his debut feature film, ‘FELL’ earlier this year.

The Kevin Taylor Legacy was launched at the State Library of Queensland on 17 October as part of the Forecast Festival of Landscape Architecture 2014.