Andrés Duany

Speech Topics:
New Urbanism
Affordable Housing
Gulf Coast Rebuilding
Urban Affairs
Town Planning
Development and the Environment

There is no industry expert who knows more about building better communities than Andrés Duany, who BUILDER magazine ranked as No. 5 in its annual top-50 “Power Brokers” list. Duany is a founding principal at town planning firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ).

DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. Since its founding in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for more than 350 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects around the world. This work has exerted a significant influence on the practice and direction of development and urban planning in the United States and abroad. DPZ's design of Seaside, Florida, was described by Time Magazine as “the most astounding design achievement of its era.”

Duany has delivered hundreds of lectures and seminars, addressing architects, planning groups, university students, and the general public, focusing international attention on how low-density sprawl consumes nature, petrochemicals and our time. And how urbanism—places where people can walk to everything—can serve to preserve “the environment.” In Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, he shows how mixed-use, diverse, walkable neighborhoods solve many of the problems of recent development and society—pollution, lack-of-wealth, alienation, long commuting times, and obesity among others. Since the fall of 2005, he has been active in leading rebuilding efforts on the Gulf Coast.

He is a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Established in 1993, the Congress seeks alternatives to suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment and has been characterized by The New York Times as “the most important collective architectural movement in the United States in the past 50 years.”

Duany received his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University, and after a year of study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he received a master's degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. He has been awarded 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 from the Seaside Institute.

He travels from Miami, Florida.

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