Steven Moore

Professor Emeritus

Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor Emeritus in Architecture

Steven A. Moore is Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Planning. In 2017 he stepped down from teaching to focus on full-time research and activism in Maine–the place from where he came to UT in 1993. His current project is a book written for both general and scholarly audiences: 

Facts Migrate: A Maine Memoir of Building Infrastructure Relationships. 
The book is structured as five sections of multiple chapters. In Section 1, Moore tells the story of his own family's migration, first from Northern Ireland in 1845, and subsequently within the United States. This very personal story weaves together a map of places and ideas articulated by successive generations of (mostly American) philosophers, each linked to one of his ancestors.  Together these pairs pose questions, or hypotheses, which are tested in the heart of the book.

Sections 2, 3, and 4 tell ongoing stories concerning infrastructure building in Maine: harvesting seaweed as food, composting solid waste, and rebuilding the state's electric infrastructure. Each story demands building new kinds of relationships between humans, machines, and nature. Each story also challenges both Liberal and Conservative conventions of the Truth--as posed by the philosophical pairs in Section 1. In Section 5, Moore considers how each of these unfinished infrastructure stories might end differently than their trajectories currently lean. 



Pragmatic Sustainability: Dispositions for Critical Adaptation. 2nd Edition. New York, Routledge. (2016).

Questioning Judgment in Architecture: The Problem of Codes in the United States. London and New York, Routledge. (2013). With Barbara B. Wilson.

Pragmatic Sustainability: Theoretical and Practical Tools. 1st Edition. New York, Routledge. (2010). Available from Routledge

Technology and Place: Sustainable Architecture and the Blueprint Demonstration Farm. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press (2001)

Sustainable Architectures: Natures and Cultures in Europe and North America. Simon Guy and Steven A. Moore eds. Routledge: London (2005)
Full text available on-line to UT students and faculty via NetLibrary. Available from Routledge

Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City: Austin, Curitiba, and Frankfurt. Published 2007, Rowman & Littlefield

Philosophy of Design: From Engineering to Architecture
Coedited by: Peter Kroes, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore, and Pieter Vermaas. Published 2008 Springer


Moore, Steven A. “Tecnología Sustentable y Cambio Social en la Zona Fronter.”Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez and Consorcio de Universidades Mexicanas (CUMex). Alejandro Gonzales Milea, Ed. Traducido del Inglés por Ariadna Reyes. (2015).

Moore, Steven A. and Meghan Kleon, “Cities as Inhabited Infrastructure.” In, Routledge Companion to Environmental Ethics. Andrew Light and Ben Hale, Eds. London:  In Press, Routledge. (2017)

Moore, Steven A. “Post-Occupancy: Implementation and Evaluation.” In, Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook. Abendroth, Lisa M. and Bryan Bell, Eds. New York,Routledge. pp. 81-92.

Moore, Steven A. “Enframed Perspectives: the social Construction of the Canon of Architecture.” In, Architecture and Sustainability: Critical Perspectives for Integrated Design. Ahmed Z. Khan and Karen Allacker (eds. 2015, January).  Leuven (Belgium) / Den Haag (Netherlands): ACCO. 456 pages. ISBN: 978-94-  6292-088-0. D/2015/0543/17. pp. 45-49.

with Elizabeth Walsh. “Reframing Architectural Judgment as Public Conversation: The Problems of Exclusion and Narrowness.” In, Preiser, W.F.E., Davis, A.T, and Salama, A.M. (Eds.) Architecture Beyond Criticism: Expert Judgment and Performance Evaluation. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. (2015

"Models, Lists, and the Evolution of Sustainable Architecture," in The Green Braid. Rafael Longoria and Kim Tanzer, eds. (London and New York: Routledge, 2014). 

Steven A. Moore. In, Sustainability Ethics: 5 Questions, Evan Selinger Ed. (Copenhagen; Automatic Press / VIP, pp 131-142)

"Technology, Place and Nonmodern Regionalism" in Architectural Regionalism, Vincent Canizaro, Ed. (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010).

“Building Codes.” In, Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: An International Resource, 2nd edition. Carl Mitcham, Ed. New York: Macmillan, 2014.

“Architectural Production and Sociotechnical Codes: A Theoretical Framework. In, Building Systems: Design, Technology and Society. Kiel Moe and Ryan E. Smith, Eds. London: Routledge, 2012. pp. 212—229.

“Technology, Place and the Nonmodern Thesis.” In, Writing Urbanism, Douglas Kelbaugh and Kit Krankel McCollough, Eds. (New York; Routledge 2008).

“Architecture, Esthetics, and the Public Health,” in The Hand and the Soul: Ethics and Aesthetics in Architecture and Art, Sanda Illescu, Ed. (Charlottesville, VA. University of Virginia Press: 2007).

With Nathan Engstrom, “The Social Construction of ‘Green Building’ Codes: Competing models by industry, government, and NGOs,” in Sustainable Architectures: Natures and Cultures in Europe and North America, Guy and Moore, Eds. (London: Routledge/ Spon) pp. 51-70.


"Building Codes," in The Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, Carl Mitcham, Ed. (New York: Macmillan, 2005), pp. 262-266.

"Environmental Issues," in The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture, R. Stephen Sennott, ed. (New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 408-411.

"Energy Efficient Design," in The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture, R. Stephen Sennott, ed. (New York: Routledge, 2004), pp 404-406.


Moore, Steven A.; Sam Gelfand and Dason Whitsett. “Epistemological conflict: modern and nonmodern frameworks for sustainability.” In, Building Research & Information. DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2015.1016379. Available at: 12 March 2015.

“Units of Production and Consumption: Reframing Social Housing as Sustainable Infrastructure.” In, Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports. Springer. (DOI) 10.1007/s40518-014-0013-6. 2014.

"Contested Construction of Green Building Codes in North America: the case of The Alley-Flat Initiative," Steven A. Moore and Barbara B. Wilson, 2009. In, Urban Studies 46(12) 2617–2641, November, 2009.

"Sustainable Architecture in Context: STS and Design Thinking," with Andrew Karvonen in Science Studies, 2009. 

“Picturing Air,” in ARCADE: Architecture and Design in the Northwest (23:8)24.

with Andrew Karvonen, “Sustainable Architecture in Context: STS and Design Thinking.” In Science Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 29-46.

with Simon Guy, "Sustainable Architecture and the Pluralist Imagination.” In The Journal of Architectural Education, (60:4), pp. 15-32. 

with Ralf Brand,The Banks of Frankfurt and the Sustainable City,"  In, Journal of Architecture (Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 2003): pp. 3-24. 

"Technology, Place and the Nonmodern Thesis," in the Journal of Architectural Education, (Spring 2001): pp.130-139.


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