After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1976, G. Taylor Louden apprenticed with a historical architect who had worked on the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg in the 1930s. Louden subsequently earned a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, then began practicing professionally with the office of the dean of the school in New York City. After 15 years in New York, Louden relocated to Los Angeles, where he has worked with nationally recognized historic preservation firms until 2004, when he established his independent historical architect consulting practice.
In Los Angeles, Louden has worked on National Register – listed landmarks including the Will Rogers Ranch House and State Historic Park for California State Department of Parks and the Wadsworth Chapel at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs’ West Los Angeles campus. Other significant projects include the Griffith Observatory, USC’s Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles County Hospital’s Original Administration Building, and two Victorian-era commercial buildings in downtown L.A.’s El Pueblo Historic District for the LA Plaza de Cultura institute.
Louden has been recognized for excellence in the field of historical architecture and preservation, receiving a National Trust Preservation Award and two Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Design Awards. Mr. Louden’s work for two terms as the Architectural Representative on a City of Los Angeles Planning Department Historic Preservation Overlay zone gained group recognition by the Conservancy. Louden has served as a juror for the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Preservation Design Awards. In 2011 he received a Certificate of Recognition by the City of Los Angeles for his work in the field of historic preservation.
Louden has served on the California Preservation Foundation conference planning committee since 2008 and therir education committee since 2009. He has presented multiple workshop and webinar seminars for CPF on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and historic district integrity, and historic district workshops for the Los Angeles Planning Department. He has served as a design critic and juror on historic preservation course design at several Universities.