Patrick Gibbons | February 25, 2020
Stefanos Polyzoides, co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and partner in Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists, has been appointed the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame's School of Architecture by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., effective July 1.
Polyzoides is an award-winning architect and urbanist whose approach to design emphasizes cultural continuity, urban regeneration, environmental responsibility and community engagement. He is co-founder and partner with his wife, Elizabeth Moule, of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, a Pasadena, California-based firm with an international reputation for innovative design that has completed more than 700 projects around the U.S. and abroad since 1990.
“Stefanos brings to Notre Dame an international reputation for architectural work informed by tradition and moral purpose,” Father Jenkins said. “He brings together design, the realities of urban living and sustainable development to produce buildings that serve communities and humanity. His leadership will enrich our School of Architecture.”
In 1991, under the auspices of the California-based nonprofit Local Government Commission, Polyzoides, Moule and several colleagues developed a set of principles for community land use and architectural planning called the Ahwahnee Principles. The 15 principles — which stress walkability, sustainability, diversity and neighborhood and district design — laid the groundwork for the 1993 founding of the CNU, which today includes more than 3,000 members who promote integrated development through education, legislation and planning. Polyzoides and Moule are two of the six CNU founders.
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