The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Stefanos Polyzoides joined the School of Architecture in 2020. His career has engaged a broad span of architecture and urbanism, its history, theory, design and education. He is one of six co- founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with his wife Elizabeth Moule, a partner in Moule & Polyzoides, a Pasadena, California practice since 1990.
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 co-author of Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis (1977), The Plazas of New Mexico (2012), A Temple of Science, The100-Inch Telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory (2018), Civano, From Experiment to Model of Resilient Urbanism (2020). He is the author of R.M. Schindler, Architect (1982) and the forthcoming In Praise of the Ordinary: Courtyard Housing Today.
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.
Born in Athens, Greece, Polyzoides earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University and has lived in Southern California since 1973. He was a faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Architecture from 1973 to 1996, and is a registered architect in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and Texas.
Areas of Expertise
- American Domestic Architecture
- Professional Practice
- Residential Design
- Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism
- Urban Design
- Urban design, history, and theory