Planner/urban designer Jay Narayana, and architect/urban designer Michael Huston have been collaborating on projects for over 20 years. Their combination of complementary skills allows them to oversee projects from initial visioning to implementation. Together, Narayana and Huston can provide a wide range of planning and urban design initiatives from comprehensive plans, downtown plans, corridor and small area plans, all with a focus on implementation through zoning and form-based codes.
With over 23 years of public and private sector experience, Jay Narayana, AICP, has worked on several award-winning initiatives.
Ms. Narayana’s planning and coding work is based on a firm understanding of real estate market fundamentals that ensures that plans are implementable. In the public sector, Ms. Narayana has worked in municipalities in Texas, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
Ms. Narayana has led several planning initiatives, including the Downtown Aubrey Master Plan, Colleyville Comprehensive Plan, Ennis Comprehensive Plan and UDO, SH 190 Corridor Code in Garland, Haslet Zoning Ordinance, and Lewisville IH-35E Overlay Code to name a few. During her tenure with Gateway Planning from 2007 through 2012, she was integrally involved in the Camp Bowie Form-Based Code Initiative for the Camp Bowie PID and City of Fort Worth, TX, NRH TOD Plan and Code for the City of North Richland Hills, TX, Oak Street Plan and Code for the City of Roanoke, TX, and CityLine Plan and Code for KDC Development in Richardson, TX, to name a few.
In addition, Ms. Narayana is an active member of FBCI’s Resource Council, CNU, and the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. Ms. Narayana has an undergraduate degree in Architecture, Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and Master of Business Administration from University of Texas at Arlington.
Michael Huston is a licensed architect and urban designer with over thirty years of professional experience. His background includes a decade of designing educational facilities in his home state of Kentucky, followed by a number of years devoted to downtown revitalization in Louisville, 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. As an architect, Huston designed and managed a wide range of building projects. Huston uses his practical experience in architecture as the foundation for his work in urban design.
In 2012, Huston joined the 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. His background in architecture and his broad range of visual communication skills (i.e., diagrams, illustrations, 3D modeling, etc.) are particularly well-suited to the charrette process.
In 2018, Huston relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida where he works as an independent architect and urban designer, specializing in placemaking and walkable communities. He is also actively writing about urban design issues and expanding his photographic library with the best examples of urban design and architecture.