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Male, US, born 1925-10-31, died 1993-12-16

Associated with the firms network

Charles W. Moore and Chad Floyd, Architects; MLTW/Moore-Turnbull, Architects; MLTW/Turnbull Associates, Architects; Moore / Andersson Architects; Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker (MLTW) Architects; Moore Ruble Yudell, Architects and Planners; Moore and Peters, Associated Architects; Moore and Turnbull, Architects; Moore, Charles Willard, Architect; Urban Innovations Group (UIG)

Professional History


Draftsman, Mario Corbett, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1947.

Draftsman, Clark and Beuttler, Architects, San Francisco, CA, c. 1948.

Draftsman, Joseph Allen Stein, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1949.

Designer, Stephen L. Macdonald, Architect, Salt Lake City, UT, c. 1949. Macdonald (1914-1990) was a Modernist doing residential design during the late 1940s and 1950s. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Captain, United States Army Reserves, Army Corps of Engineers, service in the US and Korea, 1952-1954.

Principal, Charles W. Moore, Architect, Pebble Beach, CA, c. 1957-1959.

Associate, Clark and Beuttler, Architects, San Francisco, CA, c. 1959-1962.

Partner, Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker (MLTW) Architects, Berkeley, CA, 1962-1965.

Partner, MLTW/Moore-Turnbull, Architects, Berkeley, CA, 1965-1969.

Partner, MLTW/Turnbull Associates, Architects, Berkeley, CA, 1970-1971.

Principal, Charles W. Moore Associates, Architects, Essex, CT, 1970-1975.

Consultant, Urban Innovations Group, Los Angeles, CA, 1974- .

Partner, Moore Grover Harper, Architects, Centerbrook, CT, 1975-1985.

Consultant, Centerbrook Architects, Essex, CT, 1975-1883.

Partner, Moore Ruble Yudell, Santa Monica, CA, 1976-1993.

Principal, Charles W. Moore, Architect, Austin, TX, 1985-1990.

Partner, Moore / Andersson Architects, Austin, TX, 1991-1993.


Charles W. Moore was one of the preeminent architectural educators of the period between 1959 and 1993. He worked at some of the best-known schools of his time, inspiring generations of students.

Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1950-1952.

Assistant Professor, Princeton University, 1957-1959.

Associate Professor. University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA, 1959-1965. Dean William W. Wurster recruited Moore to teach at UCB.

Chair, UCB, Department of Architecture, Berkeley, CA, 1962-1965.

Professor of Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1965-1975.

Chair, Yale University, Department of Architecture, New Haven, CT, 1965-1969. Though not without controversy, Moore's tenure as Chair-Dean at Yale served to calm what had been a tense relationship between students and administrators.

Dean, Yale University, School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, 1969-1971.

Professor of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Architecture, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, 1975-1985.

Program Head, UCLA, School of Architecture, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, 1978-1982.

Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1982.

Professor, University of Texas, Austin, (UT), Austin, TX, 1985-1993.

O'Neil Ford Centennial Chair in Architecture, University of Texas, Austin, (UT), Austin, TX, 1984-1993.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1959- . Moore initially belonged to the Northern California Chapter of AIA.

Senior Member, US State Department, Office of Foreign Building Operations, Architecture Advisory Board,Washington, DC.

Moore participated in a panel discussion investigating "the benefits the public receives from architecture and public perceptions of the architect's investment" at the 1985 AIA Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA, 06/08/1985-06/12/1985.

He delivered the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, Philadelphia, PA, 1988.

Professional Awards

Recipient, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, New York, NY, 1979.



B.Arch., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1942-1947. At Michigan, he studied architecture with Roger Bailey (born c. 1891 in MI), who taught there between 1932 and 1948. Bailey went on to establish the Department of Architecture at the University of Utah.

M.F.A., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1954.

Ph.D., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1957. At Princeton, Moore studied with Jean Labatut (1899-1986), Enrico Peressutti (1908-1976), and Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974).

College Awards

Inductee, University of Michigan, Phi Eta Sigma, Ann Arbor, MI, 1943.

Inductee, University of Michigan, Tau Sigma Delta, Ann Arbor, MI, 1946.

Inductee, University of Michigan, Phi Kappa Phi, Ann Arbor, MI, 1946.

Recipient, University of Michigan, George Booth Traveling Fellowship, Ann Arbor, MI, 1949.

Recipient, Princeton University, Procter Fellowship, Princeton, NJ, 1956.

Recipient, Princeton University, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Council of Humanities Fellowship, Princeton, NJ, 1957.



Moore led a peripatetic existence, his places of residence spanning the United States, as the architect moved from university to university. His parents, Charles E. Moore and his wife Kathryn Almendinger, also made large-scale moves during their lives, shuttling between Lower MI and CA. Charles E. Moore's World War I draft registration card indicated that he lived in Benton Harbor, MI, in 09/1918. By 1920, however, five years before Charles Willard's birth, Charles E. and Kathryn lived with his parents Ephraim William Moore (born 04/30/1854 in Rochester, NY) and Lillian Estelle Willard (born 09/28/1853 in Battle Creek, MI), in a rented house at 1149 North Michigan Avenue in Pasadena, CA. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_117; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 523, accessed 09/18/2023.)

The son of NY-born banker, Ephraim Moore married Lillian Willard on 05/02/1877. Lillian's father was an influential man in Battle Creek, MI. Rev. George Willard (born 03/20/1824 in Bolton, VT-d. 03/26/1901 in Battle Creek, MI) was a Protestant Episcopal cleric between 1848 and 1862. He got into politics as a MI state legislator (c. 1866-1872) and a US Representative for two terms between 1872 and 1876. He became a newspaper editor for the Battle Creek Journal, that began publication in 1854. (See Joseph Willard and Charles Wilkes Walker, Willard Genealogy, [Boston, MA: WIlard Family Association, 1915], p. 415.)

Ephraim Moore began his working life as a merchant in Victor, NY, in 1880, although he made the switch to journalism later, likely with the help of his father in law. (See, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Victor, Ontario, New York; Roll: 909; Page: 487A; Enumeration District: 138, accessed 09/18/2023.) He worked as a newspaperman in Battle Creek, MI, in 1900, possibly for the Journal. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Battle Creek Ward 4, Calhoun, Michigan; Roll: 704; Page: 5; Enumeration District: 0035, accessed 09/18/2023.) Ephraim relocated to Benton Harbor, MI, by 1910, where he was the Editor of the city's newspaper, the News-Palladium,that operated between 1904 and 1975 under this unusual name.He and Lillian had four children, only one of whom, Charles E. Moore, remained alive in 1910. (See, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Benton Harbor Ward 2, Berrien, Michigan; Roll: T624_638; Page: 8a; Enumeration District: 0061; FHL microfilm: 1374651, accessed 09/18/2023.)

Although not born in CA, Charles Willard Moore would reside in several cities in the state during his lifetime, suggesting that it held strong appeal for him.

He was born in Benton Harbor, MI, but lived in Battle Creek, MI, during his high school years. In 1940, his family had a residence off of Capital Avenue, SW (box #70), in Battle Creek, MI., likely on Hiawatha Drive. The Moore house was likely worth about $10,000 in 1940, well above most houses in the area, and had a prime view of Goguac Lake to the west. The architect grew up in a relatively prosperous neighborhood on Hiawatha Drive, that included three physicians and several small business owners who owned their own single-family dwellings. A few families, including that of a barber and a steam fitter, rented their houses in the immediate vicinity. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan; Roll: m-t0627-01736; Page: 26B; Enumeration District: 13-43B, accessed 09/18/2023.)

Moore attended the University of Michigan (UM) in Ann Arbor, MI, from about 1943 until 1947. On 11/01/1943, Charles Moore listed his permanent address as Hiawatha Drive, Goguac Lake, MI. His campus address was 1617 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. (See, Source Citation National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Wwii Draft Registration Cards For Michigan, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 831, accessed 09/18/2023.)

His first teaching assignment occurred at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City between 1950 and 1952. He then did military service in the US Army Reserves, where he served in the Corps of Engineers during the Korean War.

He moved to Princeton, NJ, to attend Princeton University in 1956-1957 and increased his amount of travel thereafter. While he was working at Princeton, he designed at least three houses in Monterey, CA, necessitating at least some trips back to the West Coast. He maintained an office Pebble Beach, CA, working there for about three years, 1959 until 1962, and likely lived somewhere on the Monterey Peninsula at the time. He also commuted to Berkeley to teach at the University of California during the period between 1959 and 1965.

The architect took on the assignment as Chair of the School of Architecture at Yale University in 1965, where he followed the tumultuous tenure of Paul Rudolph

During his time teaching at Berkeley, Moore designed his timeless House in Orinda, that became one of the best-known, small residences of the 1960s in the US.

Moore was buried at the Monterey City Cemetery, Monterey, CA. He was buried in the same plot as his mother, Kathryn Almendinger Moore.


His mother was Kathryn Almendinger Moore (born 1892 in MI-d. 1958), who was eleven years younger than her husband. After her husband's death in 1942, Kathryn returned to Los Angeles, CA, in 1950, living on her own in one unit of a four-plex apartment building at 4210 Los Feliz Boulevard. (See, Source Citation National Archives at Washington, DC; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Year: 1950; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 1562; Page: 13; Enumeration District: 66-369, accessed 09/18/2023.)

Charles Ephraim Moore (born 11/12/1881 in NY -d. 1942), worked in multiple jobs during his adult years. In 09/1918, he worked for his father as an assistant manager for the News-Palladium in Benton Harbor, MI. In 1920, the US Census record that Charles E. worked as car salesman in Southern CA. By 1940, he made his living as a realtor. in Battle Creek, MI. Charle E. Moore was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI. He died while Charles W. Moore was still in high school.

Both of Moore's parents completed college, according to the 1940 US Census, a relatively unusual circumstance at the time.

He had a younger sister, Marianne E. Moore (born c. 1927 in MI).

Biographical Notes

Moore's World War II draft registration card listed him as being Caucasian, with a light complexion, brown eyes and blonde hair. He stood 6-foot, 3-inches tall and weighed a modest 145 pounds. (See, Source Citation National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Wwii Draft Registration Cards For Michigan, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 831, accessed 09/18/2023.)

Associated Locations

  • Austin, TX (Architect's Death)
    Austin, TX

  • Benton Harbor, MI (Architect's Birth)
    Benton Harbor, MI

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