Eric Owen Moss

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Eric Owen Moss
Born (1943-07-25) July 25, 1943 (age 75)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma materUCLA, UC Berkeley, Harvard University
AwardsAustrian Decoration for Science and Art
PracticeEric Owen Moss Architects (EOMA)

Eric Owen Moss (born 1943 in Los Angeles (LA), California) practices architecture with his eponymously named LA-based firm[1] founded in 1973.[2]


Moss was born in Los Angeles, California in 1943. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1965, his Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design in 1968 and a second Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1972.[3]


Moss has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) since 1974 and served as director from 2002-2015.[4] He has held chairs at Yale and Harvard universities, and appointments at Columbia University, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.[2][3]

Eric Owen Moss Architects[edit]

Eric Owen Moss Architects, also known as EOMA, was founded in 1973.  The 25-person, Culver City-based firm designs and constructs projects in the United States and around the world.[5]

The work of the office has been thoroughly documented in books, monographs, and publications internationally, including the 1,568 page Eric Owen Moss Construction Manual published by AADCU in 2009.[5][6]

The most prominent work of the office is an on-going urban revitalization project in Culver City, California.  Since 1986 the EOMA team has been working with developers Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith to transform an abandoned industrial neighborhood into a campus for creative-minded companies.  Today the Hayden Tract and surrounding neighborhood attract some of the most successful design, film, internet, and digital media companies in the world.[7]

Samitaur Tower, Culver City, CA
3535 Hayden Blvd., Culver City, CA
Umbrella, Culver City, CA

Awards and Honors[edit]

Moss received an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. He was awarded the 2001 AIA/LA Gold Medal for his architectural work as well as the Business Week/Architectural Record Award in 2003 for the design and construction of the Stealth project, Culver City, California. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the University of California at Berkeley in 2003.[8] Moss received the 2007 Arnold Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2011, he was awarded the Jencks Award, given each year to an architect who has made a major contribution to theory and practice of architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects.[9] In 2014 Moss was named a "Game Changer" by Metropolis Magazine.[10] In 2016, Moss was awarded the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art.[11]

Vespertine, Culver City, CA

Major Projects and Competitions[edit]

  • Triplex Apartments, Playa Del Rey, California, USA, 1976[12]
  • Morganstern Warehouse, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1979[13]
  • 708 House, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1982[14]
  • Petal House, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1984[15]
  • 8522 National Boulevard, Culver City, California, USA, 1986[16]
  • UC Irvine Central Housing Office, Irvine, California, USA 1989[17]
  • Lindblade Tower, Culver City, California, USA, 1989[16]
  • Paramount Laundry, Culver City, California, USA, 1989[16]
  • Gary Group, Culver City, California, USA, 1990[16]
  • Lawson Westen House, Brentwood, California, USA, 1993[18]
  • The Box, Culver City, California, USA, 1994[19][20]
  • Gasometer D-1, Vienna, Austria, 1995 (unbuilt)[21]
  • Samitaur, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1996[20][22]
  • SPARCity, Culver City, California, USA, 1996[22]
  • 3535 Hayden Boulevard, Culver City, California, USA, 1997[20]
  • Dancing Bleachers, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 1998[23]
  • Umbrella, Culver City, California, USA, 1999[20]
  • Stealth, Culver City, California, USA, 2001[20]
  • Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2001 (unbuilt)[24]
  • Beehive, Culver City, California, USA, 2001[25]
  • Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, USA, 2001 (unbuilt)[26]
  • Caterpillar, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2001[27]
  • Smithsonian Institution, Patent Office Building, Washington DC, USA, 2004 (unbuilt)[28]
  • Guangdong Provincial Museum, Guangzhou, China, 2004 (unbuilt)[29]
  • Republic Square, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2006 (unbuilt)[30]
  • 3555 Hayden, Culver City, California, USA, 2008[31]
  • If Not Now, When?, Vienna, Austria, 2009[32]
  • Samitaur Tower, Culver City, California, USA, 2010[1][20]
  • Cactus Tower, Culver City, California, USA, 2010[33]
  • Austrian Pavilion, Venice, Italy, 2010[34]
  • Nanjing Master Plan, Nanjing, China, 2013-current[35]
  • Termicas del Besos, Barcelona, Spain, 2013-current[35]
  • Pterodactyl, Culver City, California, USA, 2014[36]
  • Sberbank Technopark, Moscow, Russia, 2016 (unbuilt)[37]
  • Vespertine, Culver City, California, USA, 2017[38][39][40]
  • (W)rapper, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2014-[1]

Selected Publications[edit]

There are twenty published monographs on the work of Moss' office.[2]

  • The New City: I’ll See It When I Believe It, preface by Frank Gehry, essays by Jean-Louis Cohen, Jeffrey Kipnis, Thom Mayne, Wolf D. Prix, Michael Sorkin, Rizzoli, New York, 2016.
  • Todd Gannon (ed.), Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585: Source Books in Architecture 9, Applied Research + Design Publishing, San Francisco, 2016.
  • Eric Owen Moss, Coughing Up the Moon, SCI-Arc Press + AADCU, Los Angeles and Beijing, 2015.
  • Eric Owen Moss: I Maestri dell’Architettura, Hachette, France, 2012.
  • Eric Owen Moss, Again, Who Says?, SCI-Arc Press, Los Angeles, 2012.
  • Eric Owen Moss, Eric Owen Moss: Construction Manual 1988-2008, AADCU, Beijing, September 2009.
  • Eric Owen Moss, Who Says What Architecture Is?, SCI-Arc Press, Los Angeles, November 2007.
  • Emilia Giorgi, Paradigmi Provvisori, Marsilio, Venice, 2007.
  • Paola Giaconia, Eric Owen Moss. The Uncertainty of Doing, Skira, Milan 2006.
  • Eric Owen Moss: Buildings and Projects 3, Rizzoli, New York 2002.
  • Eric Owen Moss, Gnostic Architecture, Monacelli, New York 1999.
  • Luca Rivalta, Eric Owen Moss, Edil Stampa, Italy, March 2002.
  • Preston Scott Cohen, Brooke Hodge (eds.), Eric Owen Moss. The Box, Princeton Architectural Press, New York 1996.
  • Eric Owen Moss. Buildings and Projects 2, Rizzoli, New York 1995.
  • James Steele, Lawson-Westen House (Architecture in Detail), Phaidon Press, London 1995.
  • Eric Owen Moss. Architectural Monographs, n. 29, Academy Editions, London 1993.
  • Eric Owen Moss. Buildings and Projects, Rizzoli, New York 1991.
  • Olivier Boissiere, Eric Owen Moss Architecte: Lindblade Tower & Paramount Laundry, Les Editions du Demi-cercle, Paris, Spring 1990.


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  13. ^ Filler, Martin. "LA's Alternate Realities". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  14. ^ "708 House | Los Angeles Conservancy". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  15. ^ BETSKY, AARON (1993-03-11). "In the Petal House, Construction Materials Come Into Full Flower". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
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  18. ^ Satzman, Darrell (2010-06-27). "Livable modern art in Brentwood". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
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  21. ^ Sotiria (Τρίτη, 22 Μαρτίου 2011). "Αστικός Ταμιευτήρας | Urban Reserve: Reused Industrial Cylindrical Deposits - Reserves". Αστικός Ταμιευτήρας | Urban Reserve. Retrieved 2018-09-21. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  22. ^ a b Muschamp, Herbert. "ARCHITECTURE VIEW; Lifting the Sights of a Neighborhood Tired and Low". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  23. ^ " Magazine News - NEW THIS MONTH IN U.S. MUSEUMS". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  24. ^ V., Senkevitch, Tatiana (2003-07-01). "Reflections on Projecting Petersburg". Journal of the International Institute. 10 (3). ISSN 1558-741X.
  25. ^ "Public Art | Culver City, CA". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  26. ^ "Queens Museum". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
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  28. ^ "A Surface of Points". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  29. ^ "Guangdong Provincial Museum Proposal - Eric Owen Moss (2004 competition entry)". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  30. ^ "Republic Square / Eric Owen Moss Architects". ArchDaily. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  31. ^ "3555 Hayden". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  32. ^ "Eric Owen Moss - MAK Museum Vienna". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  33. ^ "Eric Moss Cactus Tower Turns Things Upside Down -". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  34. ^ "Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale". ArchDaily. 2010-09-20. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  35. ^ a b "Eric Owen Moss Bids "Not Farewell But Fare Forward" at SciArc". Archinect. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  36. ^ "Pterodactyl". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  37. ^ "Gallery of AIA LA Showcases Award Winners After Surge of Submissions - 28". ArchDaily. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  38. ^ "Vespertine". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  39. ^ "Culver City's Vespertine Restaurant is Defined by its Grille Work". Azure Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  40. ^ "How Architecture and Design Shaped Los Angeles's Vespertine". Vogue. Retrieved 2018-09-21.

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