Inside SCI-Arc


03.06.13 | SCI-Arc, W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Eric Owen Moss (Raimund Abraham Lecture): The Man from the Country Where No One Else Lives

Wed, March 6, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Intro & Response by Jeffrey Kipnis


Here’s how it happens:
Somewhere there’s an instinct.
The culture says, “no”.

The architect insists,
begins to explore,
becomes pragmatic;
becomes experienced;
becomes system,
becomes method;
becomes teachable;
becomes learned;
becomes culture.

A practiced pattern of practice replaces the original instinct.

What didn’t exist,
Doesn’t crumble –
Stands, provisionally,
Unsteady to steady,
Unbalanced to balanced,
And comes to rest as a new pro forma.
Now the culture says, “yes”.
Too late.


When I don’t know becomes now I know,
Architecture’s finished.

When last year’s words become next year’s words,
Architecture’s done.

Style arrives.

Taiwan Tower│Eric Owen Moss Architects

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. He holds Master Degrees in Architecture from both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973. The office, located in Los Angeles, is currently staffed with 25 professionals designing and constructing projects in the US and around the world. The firm has garnered over one hundred design awards from Progressive Architecture magazine, the American Institute of Architects, and others.

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. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. In 2004, he received the Dedalo Minosse International Prize in Milan, and in 2007, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize. In 2011 he again was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for the Art Tower in Los Angeles. Also in 2011, he was awarded the Jencks Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2012, Moss received the AIA│LA 25 Year Award for the Petal House.

There are 15 published monographs on the Eric Owen Moss office, including three by Rizzoli and one by Monacelli Press. Most recent are Eric Owen Moss - The Uncertainty of Doing (Skira, 2006); Eric Owen Moss - Provisional Paradigms (Marsilio, 2007); Eric Owen Moss - Construction Manual, 1988-2008 (AADCU Press, 2009); and Eric Owen Moss, l Maestri dell’Architettura (Hachette, 2012). Moss continues to build, teach, lecture and exhibit around the world. He first taught at SCI-Arc in 1974, and was appointed director in 2002. He has held chairs at Yale and Harvard universities, and appointments at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna, the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, and the UAE.