American architect Eric Owen Moss has won the 2011 Jencks Award after thirty years in practice
Moss established Eric Owen Moss Architects in 1973 in Los Angeles, California and completed his award-winning Culver City Stealth Project (pictured) in the same state in 2003. His publications include Who Says What Architecture Is?, Eric Owen Moss: The Uncertainly of doing and Architecture + Design LA.
Charles Jencks said: ‘Eric Moss has been committed to evolving a unique local grammar of architecture from the Culver City, Los Angeles, vernacular that is at once creative, critical and evocative, a commitment to place and character for thirty years that is without parallel. “Critical Regionalism” is often bandied about as a vague piety – is this the real thing?’
Moss will receive the prize and deliver a public lecture, chaired by Charles Jencks, at the RIBA headquarters on 6 December.
Eric Owen Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He 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.
Eric Owen 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.
Eric Owen 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. For many years he has also been a 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 29 August to 21 November 2010.
EOMA recently published Eric Owen Moss – Construction Manual. This 1,562-page monograph chronicles 40 projects over the past 20 years. The design and construction process of each project is fully described through early sketches, physical models, technical drawings, material experiments and mock-ups, and construction photographs. The book is published by AADCU in China.