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Male, US, born 1947-10-02

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Moore Ruble Yudell, Architects and Planners

Professional History


Partner, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects, Santa Monica, CA, 1977- .


His biography on the Moore Ruble Yudell website said this about Yudell's teaching career in 2023: "Throughout his career, Buzz has found teaching, writing, and community service to be critical in the evolution of both the theoretical and cultural role of architecture in shaping and celebrating place and community. He has taught at Yale, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Texas, Austin, and was honored to hold the distinguished Howard Friedman Chair of Architecture at University of California, Berkeley." (See Moore Ruble, "Buzz Yudell, FAIA," accessed 05/30/2023.)

Visiting Professor, Yale University, School of Architecture, New Haven, CT.

Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Westwood, Los Angeles, CA.

Visiting Professor, Unviersity of Texas, Austin (UT), Austin, TX.

Howard Friedman Chair, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA,

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Southern CA Chapter/Los Angeles Chapter. The AIA Southern California Chapter divided into nine separate chapters--Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Inland, Pasadena-Foothill, Cabrillo, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Golden Empire-- in 1980. The largest of these was the Los Angeles Chapter.

Professional Awards

Recipient, AIA, Firm Award to Moore Ruble Yudell, Architects, 2006.

Recipient, AIA, Los Angeles Chapter, Gold Medal, Los Angeles, CA, 2007.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).


High School / College

Graduate, Pomfret School, Pomfret, CT, 1965. The top students from the all-male Pomfret boarding school attended Yale University and other Ivy League schools. Yudell was the Editor-in-Chief of Pomfret's student newspaper, the Pontefract, and was active on various student committees. He was also a member of the Hymn, Singing and Marching Society.

B.Arch., Yale University, New Haven, CT.

M.Arch., Yale University, New Haven, CT.



Robert Jonathan Yudell was born in Worcester, MA, in 1947. He attended the Pomfret School, then a male-only boarding school in Pomfret, CT, graduating in 1965.

Beginning in about 1977, Yudell owned a residence at The Sea Ranch in Northern CA.

He has lived in Malibu and Santa Monica, CA.


He wed the architectural colorist Tina Beebe (born c. 1948).

Biographical Notes

The architect's nickname was "Buzz."

PCAD id: 321

1st Church of Christ, Scientist #2, Glendale, CA1989GlendaleCA
Beebe-Yudell House, Georgina Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Beebe-Yudell House, Malibu, CA
Bel-Air Presbyterian Church, Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA1991Los AngelesCA
Cultural Centre for the Tegel Harbour Master Plan, Humboldt Library, Berlin, Germany1986-1988Berlin
Dodici JardiniLos AngelesCA
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Saint Matthew's Church #3, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA1981-1983Los AngelesCA
Kwee House, Singapore1980
Plaza Las Fuentes, Pasadena, CA1989PasadenaCA
Rodes House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA1978-1979Los AngelesCA
Santa Lucia Preserve House, Santa Lucia, CASanta LuciaCA
United States Government, Department of Justice, Federal Courts, Fresno Federal Courthouse #2, Fresno, CA1997-2005FresnoCA
University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Berkeley, CA1992-1995BerkeleyCA
University of California, Irvine (UCI), Extension Building, Irvine, CAIrvineCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Darling, Hugh and Hazel, Law Library, Westwood, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Kaufman, Glorya, Hall, Westwood, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Law School, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1952
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Powell Library, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1927-1929Los AngelesCA
University of Oregon (U of O), Science Complex, Eugene, OREugeneOR
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Chemistry Building Addition, Seattle, WA1995
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Chemistry and Pharmacy Building, Seattle, WA1935-1937SeattleWA
University of Washington, Tacoma (UWT), Master Plan 2000-2001, Tacoma, WA2000-2001TacomaWA
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