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Male, born 1929-11-24, died 2019-09-25

Associated with the firms network

Moses, Allen David, Architect; The Richardson Associates (TRA) Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors

Professional History


Ensign / Lieutenant, Junior Grade, United States Navy, 1952-1955. According to naval records, he was commissioned with his first rank (Ensign) on 06/06/1952. He became a Lieutenant, J.G. on 12/06/1953. (See, Source Information: U.S., Select Military Registers, 1862-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors, accessed 01/17/2020.)

Draftsman, Young, Richardson, Carleton, and Detlie, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1955- . Moses designed several key components of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including the Central Terminal (1964), Concourse B (1964), Concourse C (1966), Concourse B Additions (1967) and Concourse A (1969). He spent his whole career at this firm, retiring in 1996.

Managing Partner, The Richardson Associates (TRA), Seattle, WA, c. 1966-1996. According to his obituary: "Allen was Partner in Charge of the master plan and first construction phases of the Seattle Tacoma International Airport and the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, two of the firm's largest and most challenging projects." (See Seattle, "Allen Donald Moses," published 10/06/2019, accessed 01/17/2020.)

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington State Chapter, 1955-1960.

Member, AIA, Seattle Chapter, 1961- .

Member, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Aviation Division, Seattle, WA, 1968- .

Member / Chair, AIA, Government Relations Committee, Seattle Chapter, 1968-1969.

Member, University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Rome Center Advisory Committee, Moses and his family resided at the UW Rome Center for four months on a sabbatical.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Archtiects (FAIA), 1985. He was recognized for his "professional leadership and civic engagement, as expressed in significant public projects." (See email from Marga Rose Hancock to the author, 01/16/2020.)


High School/College

Graduate, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, IL, c. 1948.

B.Arch., Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Ames, IA, 1948-1952.

College Awards

Named to Tau Sigma Delta, Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Ames, IA, 1951-1952

Named to Cardinal Key, National Honor Society, Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Ames, IA, 1951-1952.

Named to Knights of Saint Patrick, Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Ames, IA, 1951-1952. Saint Patrick was the patron saint of engineers, and this was an honorary engineering award.



Moses was born in the cultivated Chicago suburb of Oak Park, IL, and attended the Oak Park and River Forest High School. In 1930, his family occupied an unit in a apartment building complex at 1158-1174 South Oak Park Avenue, They paid $62 per month rent in 04/1930. (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Oak Park, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 505; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 2282; FHL microfilm: 2340240, accessed 01/17/2020.) When Allen was in 5th grade, the Moses Family rented a residence at 528 South Grove Avenue in Oak Park, IL, in 1940. They paid $60 per month in rent. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Oak Park, Cook, Illinois; Roll: m-t0627-00785; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 16-378, accessed 01/17/2020.)

He attended university in Ames, IA, at the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (renamed "Iowa State University" after 07/04/1959).

He joined the US Navy as an Ensign after college and served in the Korean War aboard the USS Boxer c. 1953. Moses served in the Navy following the war, and traveled to San Francisco where he would meet his wife, Elizabeth Ayrault, who served in the women's naval corps, the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve) aka the WAVES. They wed in 1954, and resided for a short time in San Diego, CA, before his joining his shipmates on a tour of duty in Japan. He and Elizabeth resided for a short time in Kamakura, Japan. At this time, Moses took part in Operation Passage to Freedom, during 1954-1955, in which 310,000 North Vietnamese were transported by French planes and ships and US ships to South Vietnam, after the decisive French military loss at Điện Biên Phủ in 05/1954.

As a draftsman for Young, Richardson, Carleton and Detlie, Architects, in 1956, Moses and his family lived on Mercer Island, WA. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1956, p. 1037.) They continued to reside on Mercer Island in 1960. (SeeSeattle, Washington, City Directory, 1960, p. 1178.)

In 1970, Moses resided at 6839 NE 132nd Street, Kirkland, WA.


His parents were Donald Phillip Moses (born 04/02/1900 in Chicago, IL-d. 06/1969) and Althea Hadley Moses (born 1902 in IL-d. 09/24/1992 in Seattle, WA). They wed c. 1927. As per the 1940 US Census, his mother had completed four years of college, while his father attended school through the 8th grade. Donald's mother, Jeane (born c. 1873 in Scotland), had been widowed by 1920, and he may have had to quit school early and work to help support his family. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Chicago Ward 13, Cook (Chicago), Illinois; Roll: T625_321; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 732, accessed 01/17/2020.)

Althea managed the household. According the US Census of 1930, Donald Moses worked as a sales manager of "sanitary products." In 1942, he worked for the West Disinfecting Company. (See, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Illinois, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 1260, accessed 01/17/2020.)

Allen was the first-born son of three children. He had a brother, Bruce Moses (born c. 1934 in IL) and a sister, Carol Moses Golosman (born c. 1938 in MO).


He married Elizabeth Ayrault in 1954.


He and Elizabeth had four children: Martha "Mim" Ayrault Moses McFarland (born 05/12/1954), Christine Moses Hall, Sarah Moses Boettcher and Bruce Moses.

Martha A. Moses married Steven T. McFarland on 07/02/1978 in King County, WA. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington, Marriage Index, 1969-2014, accessed 01/17/2020.)

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 2266