Urban Arts Inc. was founded by architect and urbanist, Michael Huston. His background includes a decade of designing educational facilities followed by a number of years devoted to downtown revitalization in Louisville, KY, working first with city government in urban design, historic preservation and neighborhood planning, and subsequently in partnership with a developer specializing in adaptive re-use and urban mixed-use projects.
In 2012, Huston joined the nationally recognized firm of DPZ CoDesign (Duany Plater-Zyberk) as a senior designer and project manager. While at DPZ he participated in over 50 urban design projects including master plans for downtown revitalization, transit-oriented development, neighborhood planning, sprawl repair, building type studies and form-based-codes.
In 2018 Huston moved to St Petersburg, Florida to be closer to family. There, he founded Urban Arts Inc and opened a studio and gallery on bustling Central Avenue.
Huston is a licensed architect in the states of Florida and Kentucky and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Our urban design services are guided by the following principles:
Urban design and planning is a multidisciplinary endeavor. Urban Arts values the input of related professions including planners, architects, landscape architects, economists and engineers. We look forward to being part of your design team!