Eric Owen Moss

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Eric Owen Moss structure in Culver City, California

Eric Owen Moss (born 1943 in Los Angeles (LA), California) practices architecture with his eponymously named LA-based 25-person firm[1] founded in 1973.[2]

Throughout his career[3] Moss has worked to revitalize a once defunct industrial tract in Culver City, California.[2]


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


Moss received a 1998 AIA/LA 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. 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.[4] In 2016, Moss was awarded the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. [5]

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

Projects and competitions[edit]

The firm, referred to also as EOM, is known for its sculptural work in addition to architectural work — including in 2009 a large, ribboned sculpture at SCI-Arc and at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the work entitled The Caterpillar.

  • 2002, competition, St. Petersburg, Russia, for the New Mariinsky Theatre
  • 2002, competition, St. Petersburg, Russia, for redevelopment of New Holland
  • 2003, competition for the Queens Museum of Art in New York
  • 2006, competition, City of the Future competition
  • Gateway Art Tower, Culver City, described by Fredrick Smith as "a poor man's Eiffel Tower."[1]
  • Glass Tower, Culver City, planned, at La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevards, Los Angeles [1]
  • competition, Shenzhen, China, technology university campus design

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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.


  1. ^ a b "Eric Owen Moss wants to piece together L.A.'s fragments". The Los Angeles Times, Scott Timberg, August 2, 2009. August 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Eric Owen Moss Architects: If Not Now, When?". Southern California Institute of Architecture, May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Eric Owen Moss". KMP Furniture,. 
  4. ^ Furuto, Alison. "2011 Jencks Award: Eric Owen Moss". Arch Daily. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Eric Owen Moss Honored with Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art". SCI-Arc. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 

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