Steve Mouzon, AIA, is an architect, urbanist, and photographer from Miami, FL. He is the author of The Original Green (The New Urban Guild Foundation, 2010) and founder of the New Urban Guild which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement and hosts Project:Smart Dwelling. Mouzon Design produces a number of town-building tools and services. The house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the Month in Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Cottage Living. Steve is Town Architect at several new hamlets, villages and neighborhoods around the country, using a unique method that communicates principles, not just particulars. Mouzon Design’s Premium Tools Collection is a subscription service to robust new place-making tools that heretofore were unaffordable when commissioned by a single development. A Living Tradition is a framework for a new type of pattern book that is principle-based instead of taste-based, and therefore contributes to the creation of new living traditions.
Steve is also a principal of the New Urban Guild in Miami. The New Urban Guild is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to the study and the design of true traditional buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built. Steve has authored or contributed to a number of publications in recent years, including Biltmore Estate Homes (Southern Living), Architectural Elements: Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill, 2000), 1001 Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill, 2001), Traditional Construction Patterns: Design and Detail Rules-of-Thumb (McGraw-Hill, 2004), Gulf Coast Emergency House Plans: The First Book of Katrina Cottages (New Urban Guild Foundation, 2006), A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Central Gulf Coast] (Mouzon Design, 2007), the award-winning A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Bahamas] (New Urban Guild Foundation, 2007) and most recently, The Original Green: Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability (New Urban Guild Foundation, 2010).