Charles Moore

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Works Burns House, at Santa Monica Canyon, California, 1974.  * 3D Model *

Hood Museum of Art, at Hanover, New Hampshire, 1981 to 1983.

Moore House, at Orinda, California, 1962.  * 3D Model *

Sea Ranch Condominium, at Sea Ranch, California, 1964 to 1965.

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Charles Moore

(b. Benton Harbor, Michigan 1925; d. December 1993)

Charles Willard Moore was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1925. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in architecture in 1947. In the years following graduation, he worked in San Francisco, served two years in the Army Corps of Engineers, and received a Ph.D in architectural history from Princeton University.

Moore was a teacher during much of his career, at the University of California at Berkeley, at Yale, and at the University of California Los Angeles. As a practicing architect much of his work was authored under the firm identification "MLTW" - Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker.

Based on his studies at Princeton, Moore developed a humanistic approach to architecture in which each design attempts to engage users within a clearly defined spatial environment. To effectively activate these spaces and generate synthesis, Moore creates a kinetic juxtaposition of unrelated forms.

During Moore's tenure at Yale, he shifted the design emphasis from architectural formalism to a re-examination of the nature and function of architecture in today's world. Moore designed several buildings during this period that illustrate his dissidence with the moralistic position that much of modern architecture assumes.

Moore believed that architecture must elicit responses from all the senses, not only the visual. He felt that architecture should be based on client preference and on a symbolic reference to the site. He purposefully creates architecture that engages history, myth and creativity. Instead of using architecture to moralize an ideal, he uses it to generate an environment that stimulates the user.

Adolf K Placzek. Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects. Vol. 3. London: The Free Press, 1982. ISBN 0-02-925000-5. NA40.M25. p229-230.

Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA680.C625.

See also MLTW and Moore and Turnbull - MLTW.


Recipient of the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, 1991.

Resources Sources on Charles Moore

"AIA Awards to Predock, Thorncrown, Moore Ruble Yudell", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 273, 2006.0201, pN1.1.

"William Turnbull - Buildings in the Landscape", by Donylyn Lyndon, ArchitectureWeek No. 50, 2001.0516, pC2.1.   Find books about Charles Moore

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