Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA, LEED-AP, CNU
founding principal, DPZ Partners, the Malcolm Matheson Distinguished Professor of Architecture, the University of Miami
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is a founding principal of DPZ Partners, and the Malcolm Matheson Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Miami where she directs the Master in Urban Design Program, after 18 years as dean of the School of Architecture. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine.
At DPZ, Plater-Zyberk leads and manages projects ranging from individual building design to new community design, community rebuilding, regional plans and zoning codes--including Miami 21, a form-based code for the City of Miami, approved in 2010 and currently in use. Her work with Andres Duany and the firm has been widely recognized by awards such as the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture and the APA National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice for Miami 21.
At the University of Miami, Plater-Zyberk teaches courses on urban design and built environment adaptation to climate change. She is a member of the University of Miami Built Environment Behavior and Health Research Group, collaborating with School of Public Health faculty research that relates human well-being to characteristics of the built environment.
Plater-Zyberk is a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, an organization established in 1993 to promote walkable, resilient urban design. She is co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream and The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning.
With degrees from Princeton University and the Yale School of Architecture, Plater-Zyberk lectures frequently and has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in the United States. She has served on numerous professional and civic review panels, including the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.