Marilyn Jordan Taylor was appointment as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in October, 2008. In addition to her role as Dean, as Partner in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP and the first woman to serve as Chairman of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, she is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. Over a thirty-five year career with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, she has led many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects around the world. She was also both the first architect and the first woman to serve as chairman (2005–07) of the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research and educational institution, where she championed a renewed focus on cities, sustainable communities, and infrastructure investment. She attended the MIT Graduate School of Architecture (1969–70), and received her M. Arch in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1971, in the firm’s Washington office, and was elected Partner in 1985. She received a prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship from the Partnership for New York City in 1995.