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Tucked away on a quiet residential street in Austin sits Texas’ newest landmark. The Moore/Andersson Compound has been granted the Texas Society of Architects 25 Year Award for 2017. This is a distinction bestowed upon a building that a quarter of a century after its design and construction is regarded as fundamentally important. The Moore/Andersson Compound, a confederation of homes and studios, was designed by Charles Moore and Arthur Andersson, starting in 1984. This is where Charles Moore spent the last ten years of his life, surrounded by his architectural library, folk art and toy collection, friends, collaborators, colleagues, and students.  In the compound’s studios, Moore and Arthur Andersson established their practice, Moore/Andersson Architects, a firm that continues today as Andersson-Wise Architects.

 

Architects Cesar Pelli (New Haven, Connecticut), Robert A.M. Stern (New York, New York) and Steven Holl (New York, New York) wrote letters in support of the nomination, which was advanced by AIA Austin, led by its Director, Ingrid Spencer and President Luis Jauregui.

 

This award places the Moore/Andersson Compound in the same honored league as the Kimbell Museum (Louis I. Kahn) in Fort Worth; the Menil Collection (Renzo Piano Building Workshop) in Houston; and Trinity University’s Margarite B. Parker Chapel (O’Neil Ford) in San Antonio. (Interestingly, Charles Moore served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for Louis Kahn at Princeton University in 1958. Moore was also the first to occupy the O’Neil Ford Centennial Chair at the University of Texas at Austin, starting in 1984.)