Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk — JC Nichols Prize Jury

Architect, Author, Educator

Plater-Zyberk is a founding partner of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) with her husband, Andrés Duany. The firm has designed over 100 traditional communities built to convey a small town atmosphere and easy pedestrian access. Seaside, Florida, is one of DPZ’s most famous projects and the one said to launch the new urbanist movement. Others include Kentlands, Blount Springs, and Windsor.

She and Duany are two of the founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism (1995). DPZ’s urban redevelopment plans include those for Stuart and West Palm Beach in Florida, and Los Angeles. DPZ has also prepared municipal urban codes and traditional neighborhood district codes for municipalities throughout the United States. DPZ has received numerous awards, including two State of Florida governor’s Urban Design Awards for Excellence. With Jeff Speck and Duany, she wrote Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream (2000).

Currently a trustee of Princeton University, Plater-Zyberk has been a resident fellow at the American Academy in Rome. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is currently dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami in Miami, where she has taught since 1979.

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