Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is a Malcolm Matheson Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Miami. She directs the Master of Urban Design program and served as dean from 1996 to 2013. Plater-Zyberk is the co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and current chair of the Florida chapter. She is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, and The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning. Continuing a consulting practice with DPZ Partners, she leads teams that design buildings, new and renewing communities, regional plans, and zoning codes. Among many awards she has received are the Richard H. Driehaus Prize and the APA National Planning Award for Best Practice for Miami 21.