2011 Recipient | AIA Young Architects Award

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Kiel Moe, AIA

Kiel Moe, AIA | Notes of Interest

Kiel Moe, AIA, considers his books and his buildings to be equal parts of his practice. They benefit each other, as his research feeds his innovative work and his built projects serve as experiments to test his research hypotheses. His major career aim is to swerve the practice towards "the integrated ecological, economic, technical and formal performances that can make architecture so rich."

Moe received his Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, receiving awards including the AIA Henry Adams Medal. He went on to receive his Masters in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Design and Environmental Studies from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Studies program with a focus on Design and the Environment. His particular areas of scholarly interest include thermal aspects of materials and construction, and also integrated and sustainable design.

In his design practice thus far, Moe has worked in the offices of WW Architects, Garofalo Architects, Hargreaves Associates, Michael McInturf Architects, John Senhauser Architect, and Anderson Mason Dale Architects. His work has received numerous awards: nine AIA state and regional awards, two American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Faculty Design Awards, and two North American Wood Design Awards; amongst other awards. He also consults with larger offices on integrated design strategies for projects at a range of building scales, types, and climates based on his research. Additionally, his work has been exhibited in a multitude of prestigious settings, including American Academy in Rome, AIA National Conventions, the National Building Museum, and several universities.

Kiel Moe, AIA

Moe currently teaches a graduate research studio at the Northeastern University School of Architecture, but has also taught at Syracuse University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. His teaching has been recognized through the 2010 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award, an award shortly following his receipt of the 2009-2010 Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize in Architecture.

Moe's research and related publications are directed towards the advancement of more ecologically, economically, and professionally sustainable modes of practice. The research is manifest in four books, four book chapters, three peer-reviewed articles, fifteen conference papers, and numerous lectures to academic and professional audiences.

In addition to his research, publications, teaching career and design practice, Moe has also contributed significantly to the profession through a variety of participations. He has served on design juries for the AIA and ACSA, as well as for a great number of prestigious universities. He has served as a peer-reviewer for the Boston Society of Architects' Research Grants in Architecture program from 2006 to the present; he serves on the board for two architecture journals; finally, he is the chair of the 2011 ACSA/AIA Teacher's Conference on the topic of Performance Practices: Architecture and Engineering.


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Kiel Moe, AIA

Kiel Moe, AIA

Jury Comments

Kiel Moe is truly an academic and published researcher at the top of the game!

Kiel has published two significant and hugely influencial books on the power of integrative design and thermal efficiency. He has contributed to the profession through these publications, while also putting forward-- either in full or collaborative responsibility-- a half-dozen award-winning buildings.

Moe's research, teaching, and professional work emphasize the connection between architectural and energy performances in a way that will be central to contemporary issues in architecture.

2011 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2010 Chancellor:
  • Edward J. Kodet, Jr., FAIA
  • Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
  • Minneapolis
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • WWCOT Architecture & Interiors
  • Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 2010 Bursar:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, Va.
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2011 Incoming Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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