Firm DescriptionJoeb Moore + Partners is an architecture and design firm known for its intellect in design, craftsmanship, and inventive building systems and details. The practice specializes in precise and creative buildings, landscapes, and environments that explore the interface between the social and physical, between convention and invention, between art and construction. In the broadest sense, the office is committed to the ideal that architecture is a material and social art that cunningly engages with the visual, social and political history and culture of which it is an active part. The underlying thesis is that great architecture should deepen human experience, engages our prosaic rituals, while also elevating our awareness of a larger, changing world.
We understand “architecture” as an act of relations, as a relational and deeply situational art where symbolic and real space can duel it out so to speak. Toward these ends, we seek to produce/uncover moments of doubt and mystery that mark experience as eccentric, as more than mere understanding and presence, where deeper confrontations and conflicts and new social-cultural possibilities, ways of seeing, might emerge. We believe it is in these moments of double meaning that architecture finds its expression as a social and psychological art form.
“Life is the garment we continually alter but which never seems to fit.”
Poet, David McCord
What we are trying to develop in our practice and our work is to engage our various users and publics in a notion of dynamic culture and architecture as operative complexity. Toward this end, the practice seeks to recognize and engage in operative complexity as the underlying, dynamic structure of culture itself and architecture, as a form or device for cultural awareness, consciousness, even conscience. This means our work and our work activities must be situated at the crossroads between peculiar forms of culture, commerce, nature, art and technology. Each project attempts, unsentimentally, to keep the long debate between modernism and preservation, between experimentalism and community sensibility in check and in play.