People

Elizabeth Moule

Partner

Ms. Moule’s career includes architecture, urbanism, real estate development and education. A native of Pasadena, California, she holds a M.Arch. from Princeton University, a B.A. from Smith College in Art History and Government, and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City.

She is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), a national organization aimed at integrating aesthetic, social, environmental, economic and policy aspects of urbanism, and is an emeritus member of its Board of Directors. A founding partner of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, she is a national leader in environmental sustainability and designed one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, California. She recently coauthored the CNU’s Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, companion to the Charter of the New Urbanism. Ms. Moule’s experience ranges from the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings to historic rehabilitation, housing, campus planning and large urban design projects at all scales.

A frequently invited public speaker, she has been published in The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dwell and Residential Architect and has contributed articles to many books and periodicals, including The Nikkei Shimbun, The Los Angeles Forum, The Charter for the New Urbanism and The Seaside Tapes.

Liz has taught on an invited guest teaching basis at several universities including the University of Miami, University of Washington, and USC among others.  This year she’ll be teaching at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and has been appointed the Robert A. M. Stern Visting Professor in Classical Architecture at Yale University.

Moule & Polyzoides is the winner of nine Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Design Awards. They are also the recipients of the Seaside Prize (1998)  and the Institute of Art & Architecture 2015 Arthur Ross Award for Community and Civic Design.
 

Stefanos Polyzoides

Partner

Stefanos Polyzoides was born and educated in Athens, Greece, and later earned a B.A. and M.Arch degree in Architecture and Planning from Princeton University. His career has engaged a broad span of architecture and urbanism, its history, theory, education and design. He is a co- founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with his wife Elizabeth Moule, a partner in Moule & Polyzoides, a Pasadena, California practice since 1990. From 1973 until 1997, he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California.

His professional experience includes the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, and the urban design of university campuses, neighborhoods and districts. Mr. Polyzoides has led such projects throughout the United States and around the world, in Canada, Central America, Australia, China and the Middle East.

He is the coauthor of Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis (1977), The Plazas of New Mexico (2012), and is the author of R.M. Schindler, Architect (1982) and the forthcoming In Praise of the Ordinary: The Architecture of Housing.

He also helped organize four distinguished exhibitions and exhibition catalogs on the architectural and urban history of Southern California: Caltech 1910–1950: An Urban Architecture for Southern California, Myron Hunt 1868–1952: The Search for a Regional Architecture , Wallace Neff: The Romance of Regional Architecture, and Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate: Partners in the California Style.
 

Chris Allaire

Principal

Chris Allaire received his undergraduate architectural education from the University of Southern California and has been a licensed architect since 1994. He has worked on a wide range of projects, often with institutional and higher education clients.

Among his roles is architectural leadership on a highly sustainable Academic and Administration Building for New College of Florida in Sarasota. The 34,000-square-foot, $8.48 million project is the first to be realized from the 2006 New College Master Plan, prepared by Moule & Polyzoides, and is among the most visible structures on campus. As the first of a series of buildings to form the College’s main quad, the building includes offices, classrooms and support space, and has received a LEED Gold designation. The design combines vernacular and contemporary design elements that are consistent with its location in Sarasota on the Gulf of Mexico and aggressive sustainable goals. This includes metal roofing, masonry walls and hurricane shutters for protection from the sun and rain. Multiple sustainable strategies include externalized circulation, deeply shaded south and west facing arcades, natural light and ventilation, and a rainwater collection system for low water use.

Mr. Allaire’s prior work has also includes the design of proposed student housing for Scripps College along with a number of courtyard housing projects throughout Southern California. Among them is Granada Court, a 45,000-square-foot, thirty-one-unit residential condominium project in Pasadena, California. Situated in the budding urban village of the Pasadena Playhouse District, Granada Court reintroduced the courtyard housing typology of Southern California’s past to bring dignified density to contemporary urban living. Mr. Allaire also served as senior architect on Silver Spur Court, a 42,000-square-foot eighteen-unit mixed-use residential condominium project in Rolling Hills Estates, California. He is currently working on the design of two residential projects in Pasadena (6 units and 52 units) and the renovation of a restaurant in Hollywood.

Mr. Allaire brings a deep commitment to sustainable design, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining Moule & Polyzoides, Mr. Allaire’s experience included serving as Principal and co-owner of Veirup-Allaire, a design-build firm, and other design and architectural roles with StastnyBrun Architects, Ehrlich Architects, and Restoration Services.
 

Vinayak Bharne

Principal

As Principal at Moule & Polyzoides, Vinayak Bharne leads the firm’s urban design and city planning efforts, bringing two decades of international and domestic experience. His work has been recognized with numerous awards including the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Overall Excellence by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the 2013 Pinnacle Award from the International Downtown Association, five national Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Excellence in Planning Implementation Award from the American Planning Association, California Chapter. 

His notable international projects include the 2,500-acre satellite city of Vacamonte in Panama; the mile-square Provence Mid-Town Master Plan in Zhengzhou, China; the 200-acre Arabian Canal Neighborhood in Dubai; the 100-acre Le Chaland resort village in Mauritius; the 150-acre Al Jamea Tus Saifiya campus plan in Nairobi, Kenya; and the 75-acre Leppington Transit District Plan in Sydney, Australia. His significant projects in the United States include the Lancaster Boulevard Transformation in California; the 300-acre new town of Civano in Tucson, Arizona; the 375-acre River North District Master Plan in San Antonio, Texas; and the 400-acre Buffalo Waterfront Redevelopment Plan in New York. Other recent projects in California include downtown revitalization plans for the cities of South Pasadena, West Covina and San Dimas, and campus plans for UCLA, UCSB, Brooks Institute of Photography and Scripps College.

Mr. Bharne is Adjunct Associate Professor of Urbanism at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy and Lecturer in Heritage Conservation at the USC School of Architecture. He is the editor/author/contributing author of several books including The Emerging Asian City, Planning Los Angeles, and Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture. He is currently co-authoring a book with Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides titled The Architecture of Density: Typology, Courtyard Housing & Urban Form.

Mr. Bharne earned a B. Arch. from Goa University in India and an M. Arch. from the University of Southern California. He serves as a contributing editor of Kyoto Journal in Japan, expert member of the Turenscape Academy in China, and Resource Council member of the Form-Based Codes Institute in Chicago. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism in London, the Advisory Board of the Indian Cities Foundation in New Delhi, and on the Board of Directors of Pasadena Heritage in Los Angeles.