Eric Owen Moss / Eric Owen Moss Architects

"Outside the box" there’s another box
February 22, 2012 - 5:30pm

Eric Owen Moss, the 2011/12 Knowlton School Herbert Baumer Professor, presented the lecture "Outside the box, there's another box" in Knowlton Hall's Gui Auditorium on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. In addition to this public lecture, Moss led a seminar for advanced graduate students in architecture at the school.

Eric Owen Moss received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1965. He continued his education, earning his Masters of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, College of Environmental Design in 1968 and a second Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1972. Over the last 37 years Eric Owen Moss Architects (EOMA) has built a wide array of award-winning buildings, and has helped shape the discourse of architecture internationally. That discussion continues to manifest itself both in the continuing production of innovative structures, in lectures, exhibitions, publishing, and teaching around the world. Moss has recently lectured in Dubai, Belgrade, Vienna, London, Beijing, and Paris.  Recent international work includes projects in Italy, China, Serbia, and India.

EOMA has been the recipient of over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Moss was honored with the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. He received the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001 for the achievement of an outstanding body of architectural works. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. In 2007 he received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, recognizing a distinguished history of architectural design.

Moss has held teaching positions at major universities around the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Moss has also been a longtime professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and has served as its director since 2003. He was honored as the 2006 AIA/LA Educator of the Year. In 2010, Austrian Culture Minister Claudia Schmied appointed Eric Owen Moss as Commissioner for the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale—the first foreign architect to be asked to commission the national pavilion. The exhibition was held from August 29 - November 21, 2010. Eric Owen Moss has recently been awarded the 2011 Jencks Award.  This annual award, organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), is given each year to an architect who has made a major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture.