Andrés Duany is an architect whose work focuses on town and regional planning. He and his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founded their practice in 1980, at the time of their design of the town of Seaside, Florida, which began an ongoing debate on the alternatives to suburban sprawl.
Since then, DPZ, their planning practice, has over 200 plans in the process of implementation. DPZ has particular expertise in writing codes. The firm is dedicated to both practice and research. Recent books by the firm are Garden Cities: Theory and Practice of Agrarian Urbanism. They are currently writing on Transition Towns.
Andrés and Elizabeth were founding members of the Congress for the New Urbanism. They teach at the University of Miami, where Elizabeth is Dean of the School of Architecture. Andrés has four honorary doctorates, including from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the Driehaus Prize, the Scully Prize, the Jefferson Medal, and the Brandeis Medal. He is an honorary member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which is among his proudest accomplishments, as they are truly the company of the sane.
They have co-authored three books, Suburban Nation, The New Civic Art, and The Smart Growth Manual.