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Eric's Shortest Bio

Eric Moser is a New Urbanist designer and planner from Beaufort, South Carolina.

Julia's Shortest Bio

Julia Sanford is an architect, planner, and Hollywood set designer from Jacksonville.

Steve's Shortest Bio

Steve Mouzon is an architect, urbanist, author, and photographer from Miami.

Eric's Short Bio

Eric Moser has designed many notable homes in New Urbanist neighborhoods, including several Idea Homes for Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Cottage Living. He has served as Town Architect at Habersham since the beginning, and also serves at other New Urbanist neighborhoods as well. Eric has been a senior member of the New Urban Guild for over a decade, and has collaborated with the most notable New Urbanists in many design charrettes over many years.

Julia's Short Bio

Julia Sanford is the founder of an international residential design and development firm based in Florida. She has designed a number of feature film sets for major Hollywood studios. Julia is the Founding Director of the Sky Institute + Foundation for the Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to building sustainable communities. She has directed the town architecture with DPZ and the New Urban Guild of numerous projects both nationally and internationally.

Steve's Short Bio

Steve Mouzon is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues. He blogs on the Original Green Blog and Useful Stuff.

Eric's Bio

Eric Moser has built a reputation as a designer of fine custom residential architecture. His work in traditional neighborhoods over the past decade and a half has established him as a major proponent of the New Urbanism movement. He is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the New Urban Guild, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Eric's involvement with New Urbanism began in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1992 with the pioneering neighborhood of Newpoint. Since then, he has been involved with many traditional neighborhood developments (TNDs) including Eric’s hometown of Habersham near Beaufort. He has worked with Habersham since the very beginning, when he participated with famed planning firm DPZ in the the design of Habersham. Today, Habersham is a growing and vibrant coastal village where Eric chairs the Architectural Review Board and works closely with town founder Bob Turner in fulfilling the town plan.

Eric is a frequent consultant on charrettes across the United States for new and old towns, infill projects, hamlets, and neighborhoods. He collaborates with other professionals to plan, analyze and reintroduce the historic local and regional building patterns that made most old towns so successful and memorable. He has established himself as one of the most prominent providers of Traditional Neighborhood building types, ranging from 600 square foot bungalows, to manor houses to town center and civic buildings. 

Eric has also been active in the Katrina and Rita recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast. Eric was a participant in the Mississippi Renewal Forum and remains very active in developing and providing emergency housing solutions for the victims of the storms. A significant portion of that work has been the design of multiple Katrina Cottages and building relationships with manufactured and modular home companies to affect the quick delivery of dignified, permanent alternatives to FEMA trailers. One of Eric's Katrina Cottage designs was chosen as one of the first four plans to be engineered into a material package in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.

Julia's Bio

Julia is the founding principal of Starr Sanford Design Associates, a residential design and development firm based in Amelia Island and Rosemary Beach, Florida. Julia has been a designer for an extensive range of projects internationally including large-scale hotels, high rise office buildings, resort and retail centers, and has provided design and project management for historical renovations, showrooms, libraries, museums and private galleries. She has designed feature film sets for Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, MGM and Walt Disney Pictures and was NBC's art director for the Today Show and 1996 Centennial Olympic Broadcast.

Julia is the Founding Director of the Sky Institute + Foundation for the Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to building sustainable communities with current projects in the US, Australia, Bahamas, and Central America. She has directed the town architecture with DPZ and the New Urban Guild of numerous projects nationally and internationally including Amelia Park, a DPZ development on Amelia Island, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach on the Gulf Coast, Schooner Bay and Albany in the Bahamas, and Hacienda Lagunas and Uma in Panama, Central America. She is currently working with Studio LFA on new Coastal Towns in Perth, Australia.

Julia is focused on incorporating vernacular traditions with sustainable design and high performance building technologies. Her practice was founded in 1996 with residential projects characterized by an interest in the regional traditions of the South as well as the Colonial architecture of the West Indies. Julia was brought to Rosemary Beach and surrounding areas to help foster this interest and illustrate the intent of various development codes. Her homes are distinctive in their attention to historical proportion and detail; the designs are distinguished by their old world techniques of wood joinery, heavy timber framing, and the grace of authentic materials. The architecture recognizes a traditional environmentally sensitive approach to residential design enhanced by natural climate control, verandas, balconies, large windows and louvered shutters. Recent projects represent actively sustainable construction through the incorporation of established regional practices.  Residential models are being developed through the Sky Institute that on the practical applications of energy conservation.

Ms. Sanford has a Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was the recipient of Georgia Tech's prestigious SGF award, Skidmore Owings and Merrill Portfolio Fellowship, and the Governor's Honor for the State of Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Art in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master's Thesis under Mack Scogin of Harvard University. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe while studying Italian Renaissance and Classical architecture and traveled throughout the Caribbean and South America researching West Indian and Caribbean influences on the development of coastal vernacular in the United States. She is fluent in French and Italian and currently resides on Amelia Island, Florida.

Steve's Bio



Steve Mouzon has led or contributed to many advances in sustainable place-making and building design. He runs a veritable “skunk works” of sustainability, place-making, and building-making ideas and tools from his office in Miami Beach. He founded the New Urban Guild, which is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to sustainable buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built. The Guild was instrumental in the creation of the Katrina Cottages concept. Steve’s Katrina Cottage VIII, which opened the second generation of Katrina Cottages, was awarded a Charter Award by the Congress for the New Urbanism. The Guild’s Project:SmartDwelling initiative sets out to redefine the American home much smaller, smarter, and more sustainable. Steve’s SmartDwelling I was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Green House of the Future story alongside designs by three other notable green architects, including William McDonough.

The Guild Foundation is the non-profit educational arm of the Guild; it sponsors the Original Green initiative, plus a number of workshops, tours, and seminars that fill several of the gaps that previously existed between theory and practice. Steve is a principal of Mouzon Design, which produces a number of town-building tools and services. His house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the Month in Southern Living and Coastal Living. Steve is Town Architect at several new hamlets, villages and neighborhoods around the country, using a unique face-to-face method of design review he developed that many agree is the most effective in use today. Several of his projects are award-winners.

Steve’s previous book, the Original Green, frames sustainability in common-sense, plain-spoken terms. Bobby Kennedy, Jr. wrote the Foreword. Steve has also collaborated repeatedly with other notables, including Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of DPZ and the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, which is Prince Charles’ organization. 

Steve’s award-winning book A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Bahamas] sets the standard 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 has authored or contributed to a number of publications and articles in recent years, and much has been written about him. He is a photographer of great places and buildings. Steve lectures frequently across the country and abroad on a wide range of topics. He is a board member of the Guild Foundation and INTBAU-USA, and is the author of the Original Green Blog the Useful Stuff blog, and the Original Green Twitter stream. Steve has made significant contributions as a team leader or team member on a number of significant New Urbanist projects, and is involved in a number of organizations devoted to the building of better and more sustainable places.

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