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Andrés Duany is an American architect, urban planner and founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is consulting for the City of Charleston in its planning for future development—his visit here has been highly anticipated having been discussed in various fora including the Charleston News and Courier.
Duany was born in New York City, grew up in Cuba until 1960, attended and received his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University (1971). After a year of study at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, he received a Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture (1974).
Duany Plater Zyberk & Company (DPZ) was founded in 1980 in Miami, Florida. The firm has completed designs and codes for over three hundred new towns, regional plans, and inner-city revitalization projects. Duany is a co-founder and emeritus board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), established in 1993, seeking to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. He has co-authored five books: “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream”, “The New Civic Art”, "The Smart Growth Manual", "Garden Cities" and "Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents". Duany has worked as visiting professor at many institutions and holds two honorary doctorates.