Carnegie Mellon University

Principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Dean, School of Architecture, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL


Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and Dean of the University of Miami’s School of Architecture, where she has taught since 1979. She initiated the graduate program in Suburb and Town Design in 1988, where she continues to explore current urban issues with students and faculty. She has served as Director of the Center for Urban Community and Design, orga­nizing and promoting numerous design exercises in communities throughout South Florida.

Ms. Plater-Zyberk is a founder and emeritus board member of the Congress for the New Urban­ism, established in 1993. She has co-authored two books: Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream and The New Civic Art.

Ms. Plater-Zyberk received her undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University and her master’s degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. She has received several honorary doctorates, the Brandeis Award for Architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal of Architecture from the University of Virginia, the Vincent J. Scully Prize for exemplary practice and scholarship in architecture and urban design from the National Building Museum, and the Seaside Prize for contributions to community planning and design. Ms. Plater-Zyberk has been a resident at the American Academy in Rome and for fourteen years served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University. She is a board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture.