Elizabeth Moule (born December 5, 1960) is an American architect, urban planner and a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
A native of Pasadena, California, she received her undergraduate degree in art history and government from Smith College, attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City and received her master’s degree in architecture from Princeton University. Moule’s work focuses on sustainability in the context of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture.
In 1990, Moule and her husband, Stefanos Polyzoides, formed Moule & Polyzoides, an architecture and urban planning practice located in Pasadena. The firm’s work includes urban and campus planning based on New Urbanist principles as well as residential and mixed-use architectural projects, many in the courtyard housing typology.
Moule designed the LEED Platinum Southern California offices for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which is among the greenest buildings in America, incorporating both low-tech and innovative systems to achieve the LEED requirements. She led the streetscape design of The BLVD in downtown Lancaster, California, which received the EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for transforming “a dilapidated downtown corridor...into a lively, mixed-use district through investments in the streetscape, housing, and business development, bringing jobs, economic growth, and community revitalization.”
A co-founder and emeritus board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Moule is one of the authors of the Ahwahnee Principles, a set of sustainable urban planning guidelines developed in 1991 by the Local Government Commission that emphasizes mixed-use, walkable, compact, and transit-oriented elements in community planning.
She coauthored the Congress for the New Urbanism’s Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, which is “a set of operating principles for human settlement that reestablish the relationship between the art of building, the making of community, and the conservation of our natural world.” They promote the use of passive heating and cooling solutions, the use of locally obtained materials and a “culture of permanence.”
Moule and Polyzoides has been recognized with numerous awards, including the EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, the Trustees Emeritus Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, two Arthur Ross Awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, two Driehaus Form-Based Code Awards, the Seaside Prize and three awards from the American Planning Association, among others.
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