THE ART OF URBAN DESIGN

About Us

Master Plan drawing from charrette

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE

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.

PHILOSOPHY

Our urban design services are guided by the following principles:


  • The primary objective of good planning is to enhance quality of life. Once this is established, all other aspects of planning fall into place: economic development, social impact, education, health, transportation, recreation, and so on.
  • We use the tools of urban design to add value to your project resulting in a competitive  advantage over conventionally planned projects.  We recognize that private sector projects must be profitable, otherwise they will never be realized.
  • We design for all modes of transportation, including the often-overlooked pedestrian.
  • We believe that design should enhance the beauty of the built environment.

READY TO BE PART OF YOUR TEAM!

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!