- Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (born
December 10, 1950in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) is an American architectand urban plannerbased in Miami, Florida. A member of the first class of women to graduate from Princeton University, she received her undergraduate degree in architectureand urban planningfrom Princeton and her master's degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture.
In 1977, Plater-Zyberk was co-founder of the Miami firm
Arquitectonica, with her husband Andrés Duany, Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Laurinda Hope Spear, and Hervin Romney. Arquitectonica became famous for its signature style, a dramatic, expressive 'high tech' modernism. The firm's Atlantis Condominium was featured prominently in the opening credits of " Miami Vice."
Duany and Plater-Zyberk founded Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (
DPZ) in 1980, with its headquarters in Miami. DPZ became a leader in the national movement called the New Urbanismand distinguished itself by designing traditional towns and retrofitting livable downtowns into existing suburbs. The firm first received international recognition in the 1980s as the designer of Seaside, Florida, and has completed designs and codes for over two hundred new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects.
Plater-Zyberk began teaching at the
University of MiamiSchool of Architecture in 1979, starting what became a long and successful association. Having created a graduate program in Suburb and Town Design in 1988, she continued to explore contemporary issues in city growth and reconstruction with students and faculty. She has been dean of the university's School of Architecture since 1995, and as dean she hired the architect Léon Krierto design his first public building in Florida for the school of architecture (his only other buildings in America are his former house at Seaside and a meeting hall in the Duany Plater-Zyberk resort of Windsor). She has also served as director of the university's Center for Urban Community and Design, organizing and promoting numerous design exercises to the benefit of communities throughout South Florida.
For ten years, Plater-Zyberk was a Trustee of Princeton, where she chaired the university's Building Committee during a strong period of building and expansion. Architects hired during her tenure on the Building Committee included Princeton graduate
Robert Venturi, internationally famous Frank Gehry, and the traditional architect Demetri Porphyrios. Porphyrios designed the Gothic Whitman College, the first in a series of new Gothic buildings to be built in the historic center of the university.
Plater-Zyberk is a founder and emeritus board member of the
Congress for the New Urbanism, which was established in 1993. She has been a visiting professor at many major North American schools of architecture, has been awarded several honorary doctorates and awards, and lectures frequently. Her recent publications include "The New Civic Art" and "Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream."
*Duany, Andrés, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck (2000). "Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream". New York: North Point Press. ISBN 0-86547-606-3
*Duany, Andrés, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Robert Alminana (2003). "The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning". New York: Rizzoli International Publications. ISBN 0-8478-2186-2
* Lombard, Joanna (2005). "The Architecture of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company". New York: Rizzoli International Publications. ISBN 0-8478-2600-7
* [http://www.dpz.com Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company]
* [http://www.arc.miami.edu/ University of Miami School of Architecture]
* [http://www.cnu.org Congress for the New Urbanism]
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