Elizabeth Moule


Ms. 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 recently 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.

A frequently invited public speaker, she has been published in The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dwell and Residential Architect and has contributed articles to many books and periodicals, including The Nikkei Shimbun, The Los Angeles Forum, The Charter for the New Urbanism and The Seaside Tapes.

Liz has taught on an invited guest teaching basis at several universities including the University of Miami, University of Washington, USC and KTH in Stockholm among others. She has also been appointed the Robert A. M. Stern Visting Professor in Classical Architecture at Yale University.

Moule & Polyzoides is the winner of twelve Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Design Awards. Their project for Lancaster Blvd won the EPA's highest award, the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement: Overall Excellence in Smart Growth. They are the recipients of the Seaside Prize (1998) and the Institute of Art & Architecture 2015 Arthur Ross Award for Community and Civic Design.

Stefanos Polyzoides


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.

He is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. From 1973 until 1997, he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). Along with Elizabeth Moule, he is the recipient of the Seaside Prize for 1998, the ICAA’s Arthur Ross Award for 2015 and eleven Congress for the New Urbanism design awards from 2002 to 2021.

He is the author of R.M. Schindler, Architect (1982) and the coauthor of Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis (1977), The Plazas of New Mexico (2012), and A Temple of Science, the 100-Inch Telescope at Mount Wilson (2018). He has also authored exhibition catalogues about the Caltech campus, including Caltech 1910–1950: An Urban Architecture for Southern California (1983), Myron Hunt (1984), Wallace Neff (1998), and  Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate (1992). Mr. Polyzoides is coauthor of the foundational documents of the New Urbanism: The Awhanee Principles (1991), the Charter of the New Urbanism(1999) and the CNU Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism (2008).

Chris Allaire


Chris Allaire received his undergraduate architectural education from the University of Southern California and has been a licensed architect since 1994. As a Principal of Moule & Polyzoides, he has worked on a wide range of projects, including housing, commercial, institutional and higher education clients.

He is currently leading several multi-family housing projects in Pasadena, including a 40-unit condominium project near Old Town and a mixed-use development with nine residential units and approximately 8,000 square feet of office space. He is also working on a new office building in Claremont, California, with a target LEED rating of Platinum, and the St. Andrews Parish Center in Pasadena. Recently completed projects include Playhouse Plaza, a 155,000-square-foot mixed-use development located in Pasadena’s historic Playhouse District; the 122-unit Monier Building, which is the first multi-family mixed-use building in the award-winning Mercado District of Tucson, Arizona; and the 49-room Commodore Perry Hotel in Austin, Texas.

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.

Vinayak Bharne


Vinayak Bharne is the firm’s Director of Design. He leads the firm’s urban design and city planning efforts and spearheads the conceptual design of architecture projects. He is a leading thinker and practitioner in the fields of urban design and planning, bringing significant experience in domestic and international urbanism at all scales. His projects have received numerous awards including the National Award for Smart Growth Overall Excellence in 2013 and the American Planning Association Planning Excellence in Implementation Award in 2012.

Mr. Bharne’s notable projects include “The Boulevard,” in Lancaster, California, a mile-long street design that transformed the city’s disinvested downtown into a vibrant regional destination; the 300-acre new town of Civano, widely recognized as a model of sustainable urbanism; and the 14-block, 500,000-square-foot Mercado District in Rio Nuevo, both in Tucson, Arizona. He has also led projects outside the United States. These include the 77-acre, 400-unit Arabian Canal neighborhood in Dubai; the 200-room Marina Hotel in Abu Dhabi; the 70-acre Plaissance Aeroville downtown master plan near the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius; and the 100-acre Panama Pacifico Transit Village in the Republic of Panama.

Mr. Bharne is a professor of urbanism at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. He is the editor/author of numerous books including Urbanism Beyond 2020, Affordable Housing: Inclusive Cities and The Emerging Asian City. His essays have also appeared in Planetizen, China Architectural Heritage and the DOCOMOMO Journal.

He earned a B. Arch. from Goa University in India and an M. Arch. from the University of Southern California, followed by a year-long Presidential Fellowship in leadership studies at the Marshall School of Business. He currently serves on the editorial board of the research journal, Conscious Urbanism, in India, and on the Board of Directors of Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena, California.