The Charles Moore Foundation is dedicated to the appreciation of the whole physical domain—architecture, landscape, the environment, cities, streets, homes, and neighborhoods.
The foundation's programs, publications, and projects are guided by the values central to the late Charles Moore's thinking, and the conviction that "good places matter."
The foundation's home is the Moore/Andersson Compound in Austin, Texas. The last home and studio occupied by Moore, it is an architectural work of international significance. The foundation is dedicated to preserving the structures, landscape, and Charles Moore's outstanding collection of folk art.
The foundation also assists in the care and preservation of Moore's architectural library and archives in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin's Alexander Architectural Archive.
The Texas 25 Year Award
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.
25 Year Award