Press

  • The Los Angeles Times reviews the recently opened La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, calling it a "...glam new destination that celebrates Los Angeles style."

  • Harper Court: Seven Fountains featured as a Los Angeles Times "Home of the Week."

  • Case study of South Pasadena's Mission Meridian Village in "Build a Better Burb / The Long Island Index"

  • Case study of Mission Meridian Village, published in Greater Greater Washington blog.

  • Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides discuss their practice, New Urbanism, their partnership and their life together in Pasadena.

  • Elizabeth Moule discusses the Moule & Polyzoides New Urbanist philosophy, its sustainable practices and bridging the gap between modernity and historical traditions.

  • Los Angeles Times interview with Stefanos Polyzoides, who reflects on his early years and education, the New Urbanism, pet peeves and current projects—plus living, loving, and working with his partner, Elizabeth Moule.

  • American Bungalow magazine article about history and preservation of Gartz Court in Pasadena.

  • In this Center for Creative Land Recycling video, local residents share their own perspectives about redevelopment of Hunters Point in San Francisco.

  • American Bungalow magazine profiles Fair Oaks Court, a "stunning 21st-century version of a bungalow court."

  • Kai Ryssdal interviews Elizabeth Moule about Mission Meridian Village and the changing habits of American commuters.

  • A CBS news report about new signs that Americans are beginning to make big changes in where they live, what they drive and how they get to work as gas prices zoom ever higher.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports about changing housing and commuting habits of Americans, focusing on Del Mar Station.

  • Del Mar Station sets an example for car-free, sustainable living writes Pasadena Magazine of the innovative mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

  • Harper Court: Seven Fountains is featured in this Multihousing Professional article about the revivial of Mediterranean-inspired courtyard housing.

  • Mercado Neighborhood, the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Del Mar Station Transit Village are featured in this book of exemplary urban design.

  • The Los Angeles Times examines the collaboration between Creative Housing Associates and Moule & Polyzoides that led to the award-winning mixed-use TOD, Mission Meridian Village.

  • Pasadena Star News writes about the restoration of the Vista del Arroyo Bungalows.

  • Interior Design magazine profiles two of our recent courtyard housing projects and how they are changing the direction of Los Angeles housing.

  • New York Times article about frustration with ever worsening traffic features Del Mar Station Transit Village.

  • Los Angeles Times article about the revival of courtyard housing, focusing on Harper Court: Seven Fountains.

  • Period Homes article about two of our courtyard housing projects in Southern California that are “proving the renewed vitality of the form.”

  • New Urban News article about South Pasadena's Mission Meridian Village which the author calls one of the "most striking examples of dense mixed-use development along the Los Angeles region's expanding network of light-rail lines."

  • AirTalk's Larry Mantle discusses New Urbanism with Stefanos Polyzoides, Ventura City Manager Rick Cole and Creative Housing Associates President Michael Dieden.

  • Residential Architect magazine writes about Harper Court: Seven Fountains.

  • Terrain.org interview with Stefanos Polyzoides that ranges from New Urbanist philosophy to the Community of Civano, Del Mar Station, desert urbanism and the architecture of place.

  • Civano resident writes in Terrain.org of his frustration and disappointment that the Civano developer abandoned the project’s original vision of creating a resource-efficient, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use community.

  • Pasadena Star-News reports about the plans to rehabilitate the Vista del Arroyo bungalows.

  • Los Angeles Times article about transit villages in Southern California, featuring Mission Meridian Village.

  • Architecture Magazine interview with Stefanos Polyzoides about anti-sprawl development.

  • New Urban News article about the revitalization of Downtown Albuquerque, featuring Alvarado Center.

  • Pasadena Star-News article about the rehabilitation of the Vista del Arroyo Bungalows.

  • Architecture Week article about Moule & Polyzoides courtyard housing projects in Southern California, featuring Mission Meridian Village and Harper Court: Seven Fountains.

  • Pasadena Weekly article about Del Mar Station Transit Village.

  • The Town Paper article about Harper Court: Seven Fountains, Los Angeles’ first courtyard complex in 70 years.

  • Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design article about courtyard housing in Southern California, featuring three of our projects

  • Report from the Council on the New Urbanism, focusing on urban infill development. Features three Moule & Polyzoides projects: Del Mar Station Transit Village, Mission Meridian Village and UCLA SW Campus Graduate Student Housing. Includes two essays by Stefanos Polyzoides: "Housing Fabric as Town Form" and "The Plazas of New Mexico."

  • Los Angeles Magazine article about Harper Court: Seven Fountains.

  • Los Angeles Times article profiling the partners and the philosophy behind their practice.

  • John Dutton's book explores how many American architects have reclaimed urban and suburban land development as an important, contemporary architectural issue. Included are critiques of Alvarado Center, Hueco New Town, Civano, Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and Playa Vista.

  • Report of the First Council of the CNU, including articles about Civano New Town.

  • A Terrain.org case study of Civano New Town, the sustainable community designed by Moule & Polyzoides just outside of Tucson, Arizona.

  • A survey of Los Angeles' most provocative buildings and landmarks, with an architectural analysis of the entire period of the city's development. Includes contextual discussion of several Moule & Polyzoides projects: Pomona College Harwood-Lyon Court, Beverly Hills Golden Triangle Enhancement, Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and Playa Vista.

Projects

  • Pasadena, California: Located one block north of Old Pasadena, Union Court is a 40-unit multi-family residential project designed around two courtyards, with retail uses on the ground floor.

  • West Hollywood, California: Situated in the City's heart, the La Peer is a 63,000-square-foot mixed-use project that seamlessly blends a 70-room hotel, several penthouse residences, a restaurant and high-end retail.

  • Westwood, California:A boutique hotel set above retail in historic Westwood Village, Plaza la Reina achieves stylistic variety through articulated massing and scale, harmonizing with the traditional architecture and urbanism of its surroundings.

  • Pasadena, California: This 21-unit housing project was designed as an asymmetrical courtyard in order to save existing trees on the site. A lush courtyard above subterranean parking offers direct access to each unit.

  • Seaside, Florida: Located on a narrow mixed-use commercial site, this project provides 27 residential units, 1,300 square feet of commercial space, a 300-square-foot community room and 31 subterranean parking spaces.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Designed as part of Los Poblanos Inn in Albuquerque, the Rembe House is in the straightforward, poetic style of Rio Grande farmhouses, featuring simple exterior materials and a modest plan which contrast with rich and spacious interiors.

  • Rolling Hills, California: This renovation and addition to a 7,600-square-foot mid-1970s house draws inspiration from the floating homes of Southeast Asia and features a series of dramatic water features.

  • Rolling Hills Estates, California: This 18-unit mixed-use project is among the first developments designed following the implementation of the Moule & Polyzoides Deep Valley Master Plan Guidelines.

  • Pasadena, California: Fair Oaks Court is an affordable housing project that combines classic bungalow style with the typology of courtyard housing in one of Pasadena’s older pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods.

  • Brentwood, California: A 49-unit housing project on a one-acre site, Dunstan Way is a Mediterranean-style complex organized around two major internal court­yards, providing both private and public outdoor space to residents.

  • Pasadena, California: Del Mar Station is a transit-oriented development surrounding a prominent Gold Line Metro Station, on the line that connects Los Angeles and Pasadena.

  • Pasadena, California: The restoration of the Vista del Arroyo Bungalows has transformed an important yet neglected historic Pasadena site into luxury housing on a dramatic location adjacent to the iconic Colorado Street Bridge.

  • Pasadena, California: Granada Court brings courtyard housing to the Playhouse District with 31 luxury apartments over a 50-car subterranean parking garage.

  • Beverly Hills, California: This 8,000-square-foot single-family home, conceived with simplicity of form and materials, recalls the tradition of architectural elegance associated with Southern California homes of the 1920s.

  • Pismo Beach, California: Located within walking distance of the beach, 331 Wadsworth is an infill project that provides mixed-use and for-sale urban housing with cottage-style residential buildings and Spanish- and maritime-style commercial structures

  • Ventura, California: Situated near the historic San Buenaventura Mission, this project reintroduces the courtyard housing typology of Southern California’s past with 41 units over a 50-car subterranean parking garage.

  • South Pasadena, California: A transit-oriented development adjacent to a light rail station, Mission Meridian provides 67 condominiums and 5,000 square feet of retail space for those interested in commuting by train.

  • West Hollywood, California: The Sunset Hotel & Residences draw inspiration from the rich Southern California courtyard tradition, providing 20 condominium units and 60 hotel rooms.

  • Visalia, California: The Southeast Area Master Plan is located on an 850-acre greenfield at the edge of Visalia, an important agricultural center founded in 1852 in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley.

  • Los Angeles, California: This fifteen-acre heavily sloped site is located at Veteran and Weyburn, southwest of the main UCLA campus and facing Los Angeles National Cemetery.

  • Santa Ana, California: Located north of downtown Santa Ana on a one-acre site, this mixed-use project consists of 45 units of housing configured around four unique courtyards that vary in orientation, size and massing.

  • Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico: Moule & Polyzoides guided the site planning, development of housing types and design of the community center for this affordable housing development located on a hillside overlooking Ruidoso Downs in southeast New Mexico.

  • Ventura, California: Located on a sloping site with beautiful ocean views in Ventura's pedestrian-oriented downtown, 42 North Chestnut is a mixed-use and adaptive reuse project with 51 condominium units on a nearly two-acre site.

  • Tucson, Arizona: The market and cultural objectives of Tres Torres were to generate a superior New Urbanist neighborhood with a form familiar yet new that would appeal to the local community in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

  • Duarte, California: Five attached and 24 detached cottages are organized in various configurations around two linear garden courts connected with paseos and walkways on a richly landscaped 2.5-acre site.

  • Long Beach, California: Located on two city blocks in a residential neighborhood, this project transforms the area into a memorable village center with the addition of 53 affordable rental units and the implementation of traffic-calming measures and landscape improvements.

  • Shafter, California: Located on a twenty-acre parcel of land on the edge of an agricultural town in Central California, this affordable housing community of 81 homes accommodates farm laborers and their families.

  • West Hollywood, California: Harper Court revives the courtyard type in Los Angeles, with twenty units organized around four courtyards that feature fountains, exterior fireplaces and rich landscaping throughout.

  • Tucson, Arizona: A component of one of the first New Urbanist projects to integrate traditional planning principles with an advanced environmental protocol, the Civano New Town Patio Homes incorporate a variety of passive sustainable design and construction principles.

  • Tucson, Arizona: A model of green design in a desert environment, Civano New Town anticipates over 2,800 households and includes strategies for conservation and preservation of native habitat on its 1,100-acre site in the Sonoran Desert.

  • Pasadena, California: Meridian Court, situated on a small infill site in a mixed-use neighborhood, is within walking distance of two Gold Line transit stations and the major commercial centers of Pasadena.

  • Pasadena, California: The restoration and expansion of historic Gartz Court included moving the structures almost three miles from their original location and adding garages and backyards to transform the original bungalow apartments into full-fledged houses.

  • Monrovia, California: Located on a typical Southern California suburban arterial road, Magnolia Court provides sixteen units of affordable housing in a courtyard setting.

  • Redding, Conneticut: Located on 125 acres and an hour away from Manhattan, this six-bedroom, 20,000-square-foot house designed for elegant country living is surprisingly intimate, with great design attention given to outdoor extensions and to the highly detailed interiors.

Talks

  • Stefanos’s keynote at Makeover Montgomery 3: Balancing Change in America’s Suburbs addressed how the rich array of historic American urban housing types can be used to build the kinds of distinguished urban places that our society needs in order to grow and to prosper.

  • In a CNU 20 Art Room presentation, Stefanos discussed the valuable lessons that can be learned from the principles that underlie the design of the courtyard house.

  • Director of Design Vinayak Bharne discussed Mission Meridian Village and Del Mar Station at the 2011 Urban Land Institute TOD Summit in Pasadena, California

  • Presentation by Vinayak Bharne at the American Planning Association California Chapter Conference.

  • Presentation at Congress for New Urbanism XIII, Pasadena California

  • Lecture and tour led by Director of Design Vinayak Bhane on recent mid-density housing projects in Los Angeles; CNU XIII, Pasadena California

  • Discussion of transit and housing by Stefanos Polyzoides at American Planning Association / Los Angeles

  • Lecture at Southern California Planning Congress

News

Thoughts

  • Introduction to the forthcoming book by José Antonio Pérez examining the patio houses of Lagos de Moreno in Jalisco, Mexico.

  • An analysis of how Quincy Place would fit into the fabric of Seaside.

  • Stefanos Polyzoides discusses housing design in the context of neighborhoods, with Mission Meridian Village in South Pasadena as his backdrop.

  • An analysis of the damaging consequences that the Modernist movement has had on our cities, with a call for a New Urbanist-based approach to housing.

  • Throughout human history, people have settled the land based on two fundamental desires, to be both in motion and in place.

  • Density is a planning metric that describes the spatial and physical dimensions of crowding in human settlements.

  • Traditional Elements of a California Architecture & Urbanism

  • The history of public housing in our country is filled with noble intentions, as it is littered with the unintended consequences of public policy.

  • Sprawl builders and developers call them ‘product’.

  • Stefanos Polyzoides, with Roger Sherwood and James Tice, documents the historical, technical, and cultural forces that shaped the development of this distinctive West Coast building type.