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ARTHUR COTTON MOORE is a sixth-generation Washingtonian, who has achieved national and international recognition for his contributions to Architecture, Master Planning, Furniture Design, Writing, and Painting.

St. Albans School, 1954
Princeton University A.B. cum laude, 1958
Princeton University School of Architecture M.F.A. 1960


Skidmore Owings & Merrill: New York. Summers. 1956-1958
Ketchum & Sharp: New York. Summer. 1959
Satterlee & Smith: Washington D.C. 1960-1961
Chloethiel Woodard Smith & Associates: Washington, D.C. 1961-1965
Arthur Cotton Moore/Associates: Washington, D.C. 1965 to date









  • Projects have been published in over 2,800 articles in magazines and newspapers throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the U.K., South Korea, Australia, Japan, and in several books.

  • Included since 1980 in the international compilation Contemporary Architects, published by St. James Press, London.

  • Included in Wikipedia's "List of Notable Architects–well-known individuals with a large body of published work or notable structures."

  • Included in American Architects: A Survey of Award-winning Contemporary Architects.





Group Architectural Exhibitions

  • Cooper-Hewitt Museum: Suburbs. Foxhall Crescents. 1981/1982.

  • Columbia University Center for the Study of American Architecture. American Architecture: Innovation and Tradition. 1983.

  • The Catholic University of America, Architecture School: Current Work. 1985.

  • The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Virginia. A Decade of Washington Architecture. 1988.

  • The National Building Museum. Best Addresses. 1988.

  • The National Building Museum. Give us your Best. 1990.

  • The National Building Museum. Visions and Revisions. 1991.

  • Columbia University. Donations to the Avery Library Centennial Archive: Contemporary Architectural Drawings. 1991.



  • Since 1965, ACM has received over 70 design awards, including: Two American Institute of Architects National Honor Awards, one National AIA/American Library Association National Honor Award, and three Architectural Record magazine National Residential Design Awards.


Design Awards Jury and Appointments


Chairman and member on design award and architectural-commission award juries throughout the country, across the spectrum of design recognition programs:


  • AIA national, regional, and state award programs, including the National AIA Honor Award Program;

  • Progressive Architecture magazine Design Award Jury;

  • National, regional and state award programs of professional design disciplines: American Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Graphic Arts, and Schools of Architecture; and

  • Design juries to award the architectural commission for a specific project: Chairman, Design Competition of the presidential reviewing stand (1972); Provincetown Playhouse (1978); and the Cultural Arts Pavilion in Newport News, Virginia. (1984).




  • Invited to give these Annual Lectures: in 1979, the Annual Guest Lecture at Trinity College, Dublin; and in 1982, the Annual Henry Hornbostel Memorial Lecture at Carnegie-Mellon University.

  • Invited to give these lectures: in 1985, a Retrospective Lecture at the Hirshhorn Museum, marking 20 years of practice; in 1975, seven lectures on architecture/planning at the Smithsonian Institution, and a four-part series in 1978, entitled The Architecture of the Absurd.

  • Invited to give lectures at conferences throughout the U.S. hosted by AIA state and regional chapters, universities, professional disciplines ranging from landscape architecture, preservation, urban design, planning, engineering and graphic design, as well as conferences of the construction industries, building products, and real estate industries.

  • The international publicity generated by the many facets of the Washington Harbour Complex (Architecture, Urban Design, residential/office/commercial uses, a visionary flood control system, fountains, and its siting on the Potomac River) prompted a steady audience stream in the 1980's and 1990's, requesting guided tours and slide presentations. The groups represented these entities:

  • Museums; civic organizations;

  • AIA National Convention (1991), and state and regional AIA Chapters;

  • University Schools of Architecture, Master Planning, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture;

  • National professional associations and state chapters of various design disciplines;

  • National associations and state chapters of construction industries and building products;

  • Groups representing state and city governments; and

  • Groups representing foreign governments, councils, ministries, and parliaments: Isle of Dogs, London (1986); Liverpool, England (1987); Bonn, Germany (1987); Frankfurt, Germany (1987); South Korea (1988); Israel (1989); Lyon, France (1991); and Osaka, Japan (1993)






  • Master Plan of the National Mall, Expanded for the 21st Century. 2017.

  • Master Planning Policy Papers for New Towns. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1969.

  • Master Planning Research on Urban Waterfronts. 1971. Project No. C-2141. Supported under the Title II provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1964, as amended. Funded by the Office of Water Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior. The project goal was to introduce the scope of Master Planning of Urban Waterfronts, as an incentive to the then-awakening efforts to recharge our country’s cradle of development (then frequently a blighted industrial slum).

    Starting with 100 theoretically relevant cities located on a waterfront, preliminary research reduced the platform to implemented plans in 81 cities. General research reduced it to 22 cities, and then to the 6 cities to be studied in depth: Boston, Buffalo, Oakland, New Orleans, and Louisville. 

    Bright, Breathing Edges of City Life: Amenity Benefits of Urban Water Resources was the first definitive look at this specific development effort, and was the best-seller on the list of Government Printing Office publications at that time.


  • Developer Master Plans for the ownership of the land, with the intention of phased implementation–22 projects, 9 states, 2,458 acres.

  • CBD Master Plans for city governments and downtown development groups, with the intention of phased implementation geared towards economic revitalization. These projects required detailed strategies for marketing, public relations, location of developers, civic engagement, businesses, local government agencies, and whatever assets were needed to move the plans forward to reality–11 projects, 8 states, 857 acres + 152 blocks.

  • University Campus Master Plans for expansion–4 projects, 2 cities, 74 acres.

  • Tourism Master Plans for state governments. Very large scale projects done in the 1960’s to foster economic development through creation/invention of a tourism industry for rural areas such as Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Red Carpet Country, Oklahoma–12 projects, 7 states, and the Bahamas.

  • Pro Bono Publico Master Plans were proffered in the 1960’s to benefit the Washington D.C. metropolitan area: The Rosslyn Air Terminal; Rapid Transit to Dulles International Airport; Stopping demolition of Washington’s retail district, and a new town on the site of Reagan (then National) Airport.

  • Waterfront Master Plans for cities eager to take advantage of the inherent appeal of waterfront development and recreation–14 projects, 11 states.






Solo Exhibitions


New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Paris, and the travelling museum exhibition in Poland and the Czech Republic, appear elsewhere on this website. Between 1989 and 1995, among the cities in which these exhibitions were shown, thirty-five articles in newspapers and magazines were published.  The Industrial Baroque painting and furniture series was shown in Washington and New York.


Group Painting Exhibitions


  • National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Industrial Baroque Furniture.
    Side Table. October 1990.


  • Columbia University, New York, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.
    Retrofitted Window. April 1991.


  • Chicago International Art Exposition. 1991.

  • Chicago International Art Exposition. 1992.

  • "Art by Architects", Washington, D.C., AIA/Share our Strength Auction.
    Big Sky Motel.  21 October 1993.


  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Friends Auction. Washington D.C.
    Wet Paint. 5 November 1993.


  • "East/West Tangent", Cologne, Germany. Curated by Francoise Friedrich.
    SoHo Art Gallery and In the Eighth Year. 10 to 20 November 1993.


  • "Art by Architects", Los Angeles. AIA Convention. 
    Balcony Supported by Ganged Metal Tube Brackets, 13 May 1994.


  • American Embassy Kuwait. Art in Embassies Program: Lookout Tower and Wide Flange Cornice with Pipes and Sheet Metal Dentils.  June 1994

  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Friends Auction. Washington, D.C.
    Ready to Talk. 28 October 1994.


  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Friends Auction. Washington D.C.
    Seaside Motel. 27 October 1995.



  • Architectural Record magazine National Award for Excellence in Design: Industrial Baroque furniture series.








  • The Powers of Preservation: New Life for Urban Historic Places, published by McGraw-Hill in 1998.

  • Interruption of the Cocktail Hour: A Washington Yarn of Art, Murder, and the Attempted Assassination of the President, published by Create Space in 2014.

  • Our Nation’s Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas published by International Arts & Artists in 2017.

  • Washington Comiks an irreverent look at the absurdities of our nation's capital, as portrayed in 50 paintings, will be published by International Arts & Artists in 2018.




  • Journal of the American Institute of Architects

    • “Politics, Architecture and World Fairs.” April 1965.  Cover Article.

    • “The Revolutionary New Corridor-free Systems.” 1971. Book Review.

    • “Adaptive Abuse.” Book Review. 1979.

    • “The Retreat into Architectural Narcissism.” 1980. Book Review.

  • St. Albans Bulletin

    • “The Pennsylvania Avenue Plan.” May 1965

  • Historic Buildings of Washington D.C. Foreword 1973

  • Library of Congress Information Bulletin

    • “Advise and Consult.” Vol. 56, No. 9, 5-11. May 1997.

  • The Weekly Standard

    • “Storm Warnings. Architectural change is coming–and it ain’t gonna be pretty.” (Venice Biennale), February 7, 2005.

    • “Lines in the Sand. Art and commerce in sunny Florida.” (Art Basel Miami Beach), March 12, 2007.

    • “China by Design,” April 28, 2008

  • The Washingtonian Magazine

    • Contributing Editor on Urban Affairs. 1965-1978



  • The Society of Professional Journalists, 2004 Dateline Award for Excellence in Local Journalism for the "Big Apple Attack" published in the Washingtonian magazine.






To date, travels to 139 countries, many multiple times, to study and photograph their Architecture, Urban Design, and urban waterfronts.






  • U.S. Trade Mission: State Department Representative to Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. 1973.

  • “Washington D.C.: The Making of a Capital,” Honorary Advisor to The Columbia Historical Society. 1986.

  • “Washingtonian of the Year,” Washingtonian magazine. January 1981.

  • Who's Who in America since 1980.

  • The Power Elite: The 100 Most Influential People in Private Washington, Regardie's magazine, January 1988. 

  • 1988 Distinguished Community Service Award, The Princeton Club of Washington.






Over the decades, memberships have included these entities: The American Institute of Architects and its Washington Chapter; Committee Against National Airport; Georgetown Planning Council; Committee of 100 on the Federal City; Bicentennial Assembly of the District of Columbia; City Council Special Citizens Committee on Urban Renewal; The National Mall Coalition; Metropolitan Washington Planning & Housing Association; Urban Land Institute; Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni; Princeton Club of Washington; Princeton Club of New York; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Society of Architectural Historians; American Planning Association; Institute for Urban Design; The Columbia Historical Society; and the Architectural League of New York.