Todd Taylor

Vice President of Design

Darden Restaurants


Todd Taylor was a featured speaker at RetailSpaces ’15 & ’16.

As head of the Darden Restaurant’s Design Department, Todd oversees the direction of all Darden brands. He is responsible for setting the design direction for new restaurant growth and renovation of the existing portfolio. Todd also leads Darden’s sustainable initiatives in the areas of energy, water and waste. These include, but are not limited to implementations for energy efficient lighting systems, waste management and re-cycling efforts.

Prior to joining Darden, Todd held leadership roles in design and construction for companies such as Marriott Vacation Club International, The Ritz-Carlton Club, Walt Disney Imagineering and The Limited Brands. For over twenty-five years, he has been a part of design in the hospitality, retailing, entertainment and food & beverage industries. He earned a bachelor of science from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in architecture and interior design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.