Amy Taylor Receives 2017 ASLA Honor Award

Amy Taylor Receives 2017 ASLA Honor Award


MKSK Designer Amy Taylor is the recipient of the 2017 American Society of Landscape Architects Student Honor Award in Research for her project, Fairy Tales to Forest. Amy was honored at the awards presentation ceremony at the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, October 20-23 in Los Angeles.

Fairy Tales to Forest is premised on the idea that interaction with our environment is influenced by our encounters with nature at an early age. Amy advanced research on formative perceptions of the forest in children’s literature using qualitative content analysis. Text and illustration analysis of 112 children’s books was categorized into various depictions of forests and delineated into new children’s forest archetypes.


The research also informs the development of a design tool kit of children’s forest archetypes that can be employed in landscape designs to directly connect children to the natural environment. Fairy Tales to Forest highlights a means in which to design and build children’s forests as an immersive family landscape and introduces a methodology to analyze and design a site inspired by cultural values. These efforts foster a profound interconnectedness to the forest by capitalizing on the child’s imagination. 


Click here to see the full presentation on National ASLA’s website.

Amy Taylor is a Designer in the MKSK Columbus, Ohio office. Her background includes more than 15 years in teaching and fine arts. Amy is currently engaged on several campus and community facility design projects including the Denison University Center for Performing Arts, Columbus Metropolitan Library Hillard Branch, and City of Columbus Linden Park and Facility Improvements.