Patricia Moore

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Patricia Moore
Born (1952-10-21) October 21, 1952 (age 70)
Occupation(s)Industrial Design and Gerontologist
Known forPioneer of Universal Design

Patricia Moore (born 1952) is an American industrial designer, gerontologist, and author.

Moore is a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America and in 2016 was named one of The Most Notable American Industrial Designers in the history of the field.[1] ID Magazine selected Moore as one of The 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world[citation needed]. In 2000, a consortium of news editors named her as one of The 100 Most Important Women in America.   In 2012 she was inducted into The Rochester Institute of Technology's “Innovation Hall of Fame”[2] and named a Doctor of Fine Arts by Syracuse University for serving as a “guiding force for a more humane and livable world, blazing a path for inclusiveness, as a true leader in the movement of Universal Design.”[citation needed]. ABC World News featured Moore as one of 50 Americans Defining the New Millennium[citation needed]. Hasselt University in Belgium awarded Moore a PhD in May 2019 for her efforts towards “Inclusion and Excellence.”[3] Moore is the 2019 Recipient of the Cooper Hewitt's National Design Award, as "Design Mind"[4] and the 2020 Center for Health Design's Changemaker Award.[5] In 2022, she was presented with the World Design Organization's World Design Medal.[6]


Moore earned her bachelor's degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and completed her advanced studies in biomechanics at the New York University School of Medicine and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. She earned graduate degrees in psychology and social gerontology from Columbia University.[7]


Patricia Moore started her career in industrial design in 1974, working with Raymond Loewy International in New York City. In 1979, at the age of 26, she began an unusual sociological experiment to study the lifestyle of elders in North America. She disguised herself as an elderly woman and traveled throughout the United States and Canada to experience first-hand how elders manage their daily lives. She published her findings in the book "Disguised" in 1985.[8]

The guises Moore utilized represented a range of health and wealth, allowing her to experience how elders manage their daily lives. The research was completed in 1982, after visiting 116 cities in 14 states and two Canadian provinces.

Moore & Associates, now MooreDesign Associates, was established in 1980 in New York City and now operates in Phoenix, Arizona. The company specializes in developing new products and services for the lifespan needs of consumers of all ages and abilities, with a broad range of experience that includes Communication Design, Research, Product Development and Design, Environmental Design, Package Design, Transportation Design, Market Analysis, and Product Positioning.

Clients include: AT&T, Bell Communication, Boeing, Citibank, Corning Glass, General Electric, GTE, Herman Miller Healthcare, Honolulu Light Rail, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Kaiser Permanente, Kraft General Foods, Marriott, Maytag, NASA, Norelco, OXO, Pfizer, Playtex, Seoul Design City Project, Sky Train, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Sunbeam, 3M, Valley Metro Rail, and Whirlpool.[9][10]

Moore has also lectured at universities throughout North America, Australia, China, Europe, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, and Russia. She was the 1996 and 1997 Carnegie Mellon University Visiting Design Chair and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at Arizona State University.

Professional associations[edit]

She is the co-author of the American National Standards Committee on Anthropometry.[7] She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Harrington Arthritis Research Center, the Herberger Center for Design Excellence at Arizona State University, the Advisory Board of CARF (Certifying Association of Rehabilitation Facilities), and The American Occupational Therapy Association Foundation.[7]

Moore is a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America.[7]


  • 1985, Disguised: A True Story
  • 2015, Ageing, Ingenuity & Design

Legacy and honors[edit]

Moore has received the following recognition:

  • 1996 Community Service Award of the American Rehabilitation Association
  • 1996, American Hospital Association's 1996 NOVA Award for the "Family Road" Care Centers
  • 1997, Professional Recognition Award by the Arizona Design Institute
  • ID Magazine named her as one of the "40 Most Socially Conscious Designers" in the world.
  • 2000, a consortium of news editors and organizations selected Moore as one of the "100 Most Important Women in America."
  • 2000, ABC World News featured Moore as one of "50 Americans Defining the New Millennium."
  • 2005, the American Occupational Therapists Association's annual Leadership Award
  • 2006, the American Society of Interior Designers annual Humanitarian Award
  • 2011, the Royal College of Art Inclusive Design Champion Award
  • 2012, Syracuse University bestowed Moore with an honorary doctorate for serving as a “guiding force for a more humane and livable world, blazing a path for inclusiveness, as a true leader in the movement of Universal Design.”
  • 2012, The Rochester Institute of Technology inducted Moore as a member of the “INNOVATORS Hall of Fame”.
  • 2013, WTS presented Moore with their "Innovative Transportation Solutions Award"[citation needed]
  • 2016, Industrial Designers Society of America Most Notable American Industrial Designer
  • 2019, U of Hasselt Belgium Honorary Doctorate in Architecture
  • 2019, the National Design Award for "Design Mind"
  • 2020, the Center for Health Design CHANGEMAKER Award


  1. ^ "Design Empathy : Our Ultimate Role". Innovation: the journal of the Industrial Designers Society of America. Vol. 36, no. 4. p. 6. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  2. ^ "Innovation Hall of Fame | Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | RIT". Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  3. ^ "Honorary doctorate recipients". UHasselt. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  4. ^ "History of Honorees & Jurors | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  5. ^ apuccinelli (2010-08-26). "Changemaker Award". The Center for Health Design. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  6. ^ Organization, World Design. "WDO names Patricia Moore as recipient of 2022 World Design Medal™". Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  7. ^ a b c d "2010 Speaker Biographies: Patricia Moore". Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. 2010. Archived from the original on November 29, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  8. ^ Moore, P., & Conn, C. P. (1985). Disguised! Waco, TX: Word Books.
  9. ^ Kaplan, Melanie. "Universal design pioneer: Why design still excludes many". CNET. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  10. ^ Westbrook, Lindsey. "Patricia Moore: Universal Designer, Undercover". California College of the Arts. Retrieved 20 May 2012.