About

It takes more than great design to make great architecture – it takes vision.

The Taylor Group Architects in California

Since 1984, The Taylor Group has drawn on the resources of a talented staff at the top of their profession to provide that vision. Expert in all methods of construction – wood frame, concrete tilt-up, steel frame and pre-cast concrete – The Taylor Group is on the leading edge of today’s trends in architecture, design and materials.

Meeting the demands of today’s ever-changing market, coupled with the increasing concerns of environment, government and neighborhood, is no easy task. At The Taylor Group, we have the flexibility and depth to do just that – implementing the kind of personal project management and coordination necessary to succeed – while firmly maintaining timetables and budgets.

With our emphasis on communication and client rapport, we never lose sight of your needs. Whether corporate or institutional, public or private, The Taylor Group meets and exceeds those needs, creating designs that can stand apart yet integrate seamlessly with their surroundings.

With years of experience in the disciplines of planning, architecture, interior design, facility planning and project management, The Taylor Group has the talent, expertise and vision to see even the most complex projects through to the end.

Russell F. Taylor, AIA, LEED AP – Principal

“The big win for me is having a friend at the end of a project”

As the principal of The Taylor Group, Russ Taylor’s primary focus is management and design. He brings over 30 years of experience to the table, 14 as principal in this firm. The winner of several national and local design awards, Russ Taylor’s expertise includes convention centers, hotels, medical facilities, golf clubhouses, elderly housing, low- to mid-rise office complexes, residential master plans, as well as custom homes. Russ spends his free time flying, playing golf, cycling and fishing.

affiliations/organizations
American Institute of Architects
Past president and board member of the San Joaquin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

education/special certifications
NCARB registration for nationwide licensing eligibility
Attended Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias

awards
American Institute of Architects/Modern Healthcare, National Honor Award, Fresno Imaging Center
American Institute of Architects, San Joaquin Chapter:
Honor Award, 2009, William Jessup University, Student Apartments
Honor Award, 2006, William Jessup University, Adaptive Re-use Design, Phase 1
Honor Award, 2003, St. Columba Church Expansion
Merit Award, 2003, Edison High School Modernization
Merit Award, 1997, Glacier Point Concession & Restroom Project
Gold Nugget Award, Pacific Rim, 2006, Merit Award, William Jessup University, Adaptive Re-use Design, Phase 1
Department of Rehabilitation, State of California, 1996, Special Design Award, Hamilton Residence
Sacramento Business Journal Real Estate Design Award, 2005, William Jessup University, Adaptive Re-use Design, Phase 1

Brian Richmond – Managing Architect

“The challenge of creating great architecture is taking the abstract and making it both possible and practical”

Brian has wide-ranging experience in virtually every type of building including higher education, commercial, industrial and public facilities. This experience ranges from university buildings to food processing plants, fire stations and convention centers to auto dealerships, manufacturing plants and medical facilities to office buildings, and single-story garden complexes to multi-story structures with underground parking. Brian is an avid golfer and enjoys jogging, tennis and cycling.

education/special certifications
University of Michigan, School of Architecture

Phil Mettler – Production Specialist

“I’ve never before had the opportunity to work this hard while having this much fun”

As A.I.T., Production Specialist and factotum of The Taylor Group, Phil Mettler brings more than 14 years of experience in construction and architecture to bear on all his wide variety of projects with the firm. He has been the project manager on new construction and tenant improvement projects for the United States Federal Government, the U.S. Navy and Army, the California State University, multi-million dollar companies and major commercial real estate developers. Phil is an avid traveler, a voracious reader, and he loves to snowboard with his wife.
Mies van der Rohe had it right – the details are what make a design really start to sing.

education/special certifications
Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Construction Management
California State University, Fresno

Burke Wardle – Production Specialist

“When we build, let us think that we build forever.”-John Ruskin

Burke’s passion and lifeblood are to bring design to life in a cohesive blending of creativity and function that provides innovative solutions true to the desired intent of the project at hand. Committed to articulate communication and excellence in service, Burke continues a family legacy as a second generation architect. He enjoys the design process and bringing visionary life to a project from concept to completion.

affiliations/organizations
Registered with National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

education/special certifications
Bachelor of Architecture
Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

Mari Nell Robbins – Executive Assistant

Mari Nell has provided administrative support to architectural and engineering professionals for over 20 years. She enjoys watching projects from the idea phase to completion. “Even though my own hands are not directly involved in the design process, getting to work in this environment provides inspiration for my own artistic pursuits outside of the office. I love working with creative people!”