Marina Khoury

Speech Topics:
Developing a Traditional Neighborhood Development for a Range of Incomes
Form-based Codes
Lessons from Miami21
Creating Suburban Neighborhoods of Lasting Value
Benefits of Mixed Use
New Urbanism 101
Town Planning

Marina Khoury is an expert in traditional neighborhood development and form-based codes and speaks on issues related to creating affordable, sustainable, walkable communities. A licensed architect, she is the director of town planning at the firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ) and leads the Washington D.C. office. Khoury manages new town plans and urban redevelopment plans in the United States, Canada and Europe. She is also the DPZ project director for Miami 21, an initiative which is rewriting the City of Miami's current zoning code into the largest-known application of a form-based code.

DPZ is widely recognized as a leader in the international movement called New Urbanism, which advocates urbanism that is economically sustainable, socially responsible, and environmentally sensitive. The firm has designed more than 300 communities around the world, including downtown revitalizations, greenfield new towns, brownfield redevelopments, and urban infill sites.

Khoury holds two masters degrees, in architecture and urban planning, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Khoury also attended the “Ecole Speciale D'Architecture” in Paris, France. She joined DPZ as a project manager in 1997. Prior to that, she worked as an architectural designer for the firm of Portuondo Perotti Architects in Coral Gables, Fla.

Khoury lived in Florida until 2007 and served in a number of community leadership positions including active support of the Buena Vista East Historic Neighborhood Association. She became the first female architect appointed to the City of Miami's Urban Development Review Board in 2001. She taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Design and Architecture High School (DASH) for six years and has been a member of their Advisory Board for the past six.

She is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Institute of Architects and a member of the New Urban Guild. Khoury is also a LEED Accredited professional. Travels from Washington D.C.

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