People

Elizabeth Moule

Partner

Ms. Moule’s career includes architecture, urbanism, real estate development and education. A native of Pasadena, 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, and USC among others. This year she’ll be teaching at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and has been appointed the Robert A. M. Stern Visting Professor in Classical Architecture at Yale University.

Moule & Polyzoides is the winner of nine Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Design Awards. They are also the recipients of the Seaside Prize (1998)  and the Institute of Art & Architecture 2015 Arthur Ross Award for Community and Civic Design.
 

Stefanos Polyzoides

Partner

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

Principal

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. As the first of a series of buildings to form the College’s main quad, the building includes offices, classrooms and support space, and has received a LEED Gold designation. The design combines vernacular and contemporary design elements that are consistent with its location in Sarasota on the Gulf of Mexico and aggressive sustainable goals. This includes metal roofing, masonry walls and hurricane shutters for protection from the sun and rain. Multiple sustainable strategies include externalized circulation, deeply shaded south and west facing arcades, natural light and ventilation, and a rainwater collection system for low water use.

Mr. Allaire’s prior work has also includes the design of proposed student housing for Scripps College along with a number of courtyard housing projects throughout Southern California. Among them is Granada Court, a 45,000-square-foot, thirty-one-unit residential condominium project in Pasadena, California. Situated in the budding urban village of the Pasadena Playhouse District, Granada Court reintroduced the courtyard housing typology of Southern California’s past to bring dignified density to contemporary urban living. Mr. Allaire also served as senior architect on Silver Spur Court, a 42,000-square-foot eighteen-unit mixed-use residential condominium project in Rolling Hills Estates, California. He is currently working on the design of two residential projects in Pasadena (6 units and 52 units) and the renovation of a restaurant in Hollywood.

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

Principal

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; the American Planning Association Planning Excellence in Implementation Award in 2012, and six Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism.
    Mr. Bharne’s notable projects include the widely-recognized two-thirds-mile-long The Boulevard, in Lancaster, California, which transformed the city’s disinvested downtown into a vibrant regional destination. His other notable projects include the 300-acre new neighborhood of Civano and the 14-block, 500,000-square-foot Mercado District in Rio Nuevo, both in Tucson, Arizona. He has created specific plans and transit-oriented district plans in California for the cities of Montclair, San Dimas, West Covina, Baldwin Park and South Pasadena. He has also helped shape campus plans for Scripps College in Claremont, the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, and the University of California Santa Barbara. His recent architecture projects include Seven Patios, a 56-unit mixed-use courtyard housing project close to the South Pasadena light rail station and 1880 Walnut, a 58-unit mixed-income housing project in east Pasadena.

Mr. Bharne has also led numerous 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; the 100-acre Panama Pacifico Transit Village in the Republic of Panama; and the mile-square Provence Midtown master plan in Zhengzhou, China.

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 Affordable Housing: Inclusive Cities and The Emerging Asian City. He has authored chapters in books such as Sustainable Nation, Planning Los Angeles, and Exploring a New Urbanism, and 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, which was 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.