James E. Taylor

Curriculum Vitae

James Taylor has been a licensed architect for over 50 years.  He began his career as a staff architect with the Third Army Services.  During that time he was responsible for the twenty Military Recreational facilities on eight Army Posts throughout the southeast areas of the United States.  Upon his discharge he was employed by the firm Kivett, Myers and McCallum Architects and Engineers, which is presently HNTB.  He served this firm as project architect.  In 1960, James joined the architectural firm of Edward W. Tanner and Associates.  This was a period of growth for James and this firm along side Edward Tanner, a recognized modernist architect, they begun to display their designs throughout Kansas City.  James begun a long-term partnership with J.C. Nichols that helped shape the aesthetics of Kansas City.  He was involved in projects including the Country Club Plaza, houses for development in the Country Club District as well as Johnson County, shopping centers in the Kansas City area, apartment complexes, office buildings and industrial facilities.  He was also the Project Architect and Construction Administrator for the Shawnee Mission School District with various educational facilities and universities. 

In 1967, James took the next step forward leaving Tanner and Associates to launch his own firm James E Taylor and Associates, Inc. which provided Architectural, Construction and Project Management services. 

For almost 60 years, James has been able to take his experience and assist in legal expert witness cases as well as architectural and construction forensics.  His wealth of knowledge, relationships and repeat clients have led him to be a valuable tool for any legal team.  He has a wide array of technical and practical experience where he can assist in cases including, expert testimony and litigation support for wrongful death, personal injury, professional negligence, construction defects and building codes.

James has also served as a Member and Chairman for the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the City of Kansas City, Missouri.  He also served the City of Leawood, Kansas on the Public Works Board, Parks and Recreational Committee and Planning Commission.  For 9 years he was appointed Leawood, City Councilman for the 4th Ward. 

Education:  B.S. Degree in Architecture, University of Kansas 1957

Registrations:  Kansas #963, Missouri #A-1791, NCARB Certified #6615

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