Projects Around the Globe

Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, was founded in 1982 in Los Angeles, California. The firm was established to address the most critical challenge of our time: creating beautiful and enduring buildings, neighborhoods and districts, and through them, reinvigorating civic life by restoring the urban cores of our towns and cities and providing an alternative to suburban sprawl.

The firm has an international reputation for design innovation and a strong track record demonstrated in over 300 completed projects. The work of Moule & Polyzoides has been published worldwide, showcased in various museum and university exhibitions and has received numerous awards for excellence. We are accomplished in producing beautiful and appropriate individual buildings as well as master plans for districts, neighborhoods, towns and cities. Our work at all scales is set within ambitious ecological design frameworks: human scale, open space, landscape, transportation, utility infrastructure and building issues are all carefully integrated within our projects. We are experts in the design of various particular building and place types and have produced significant theoretical and practical advances in the areas of urbanism and housing.

Our general approach is based on sustained inquiry and through it, the development of insight into the cultural and natural character of the urban and natural setting of each of our projects. Our work unfolds by design iterations through various options and crystallizes in easily understood and commonly supported final project recommendations and sequences of implementation actions. We are patient listeners, accomplished leaders of public meetings and capable mediators in helping people with disparate views resolve complex urban and building design challenges.

Partners & Principals

Elizabeth Moule’s career includes architecture, urbanism, real estate development and education. A native of California, she holds a M.Arch. from Princeton University, a B.A. from Smith College in Art History and Government, and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City.

She is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), a national organization aimed at integrating aesthetic, social, environmental, economic and policy aspects of urbanism, and is an emeritus member of its Board of Directors. A founding partner of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, she is a national leader in environmental sustainability and designed one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, California. She coauthored the CNU’s Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, companion to the Charter of the New Urbanism. Ms. Moule’s experience ranges from the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings to historic rehabilitation, housing, campus planning and large urban design projects at all scales.

Stefanos Polyzoides was born and educated in Athens, Greece and earned B.A. and M.Arch degrees in Architecture and Planning from Princeton University. His career has encompassed a broad span of architecture and urbanism, its history, theory, education, and design. He is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with Elizabeth Moule, a partner in Moule & Polyzoides, which has been a Pasadena, California practice since 1990.

His professional experience includes the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, and the urban design of university campuses, neighborhoods and districts. Leading Moule & Polyzoides teams, he has completed more than 500 projects throughout the United States, including in California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, as well as many others around the world.

Chris Allaire received his undergraduate architectural education from the University of Southern California and has been a licensed architect since 1994. He has worked on a wide range of projects, often with institutional and higher education clients.

Among his roles is architectural leadership on a highly sustainable Academic and Administration Building for New College of Florida in Sarasota. The 34,000 square-foot, $8.48 million project is the first to be realized from the 2006 New College Master Plan, prepared by Moule & Polyzoides, and is among the most visible structures on campus.

Mr. Allaire brings a deep commitment to sustainable design and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining Moule & Polyzoides, Mr. Allaire’s experience included serving as Principal and co-owner of Veirup-Allaire, a design-build firm, and other design and architectural roles with StastnyBrun Architects, Ehrlich Architects, and Restoration Services.

As Principal and Director of Design, Vinayak Bharne leads the firm’s urban design and city planning efforts and spearheads the conceptual design of architecture projects. His notable projects include “The Boulevard” in Lancaster, California; the new town of Civano in Arizona; the Arabian Canal neighborhood in Dubai; and the La Fontana district in the Republic of Panama. He has led downtown revitalization plans for numerous North American cities such as Elkhart in Indiana, Montclair in California, and Albuquerque in New Mexico, and designed campus plans for Scripps College, Pomona College, UCLA, and UCSB. His projects have received numerous awards including the National Award for Smart Growth Overall Excellence in 2013, the American Planning Association Planning Excellence in Implementation Award in 2012, and six Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Bharne earned a B.Arch. from Goa University in India and an M.Arch. from the University of Southern California. He is currently Adjunct Professor of urbanism and heritage conservation at the USC School of Architecture.



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Easily Understood
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