Launch Slideshow

Joeb Moore & Partners Retrospective

Joeb Moore & Partners Retrospective

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    2005 RADA
    Rye Residence, Rye, N.Y.
    Merit Award / Custom, More Than 3,500 Square Feet


    The Rye Residence, designed when Moore was a partner at Kaehler/Moore Architects, features slightly exaggerated vertical proportions.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    “It's really inventive,” said one of the 2005 RADA judges. “It takes a familiar vocabulary and makes something different.”
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    Joeb Moore, Rudi Elert, Kaehler/Moore Architects

    The home’s first-floor plan.
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    Joeb Moore, Rudi Elert, Kaehler/Moore Architects

    The home’s second-floor plan.
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    Tracey Kroll

    Residential Architect
    November-December 2007
    Rising Star: Joeb Moore, AIA


    Joeb Moore reinterprets familiar materials and forms in fresh, often witty ways.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    Moore returned to his first commission, Winding Lane, to add a Bali-inspired three-tier screened porch in 2006.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    Done in mahogany with a Sikkens boat finish, each deck level orients to a different view of the surrounding wetlands.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    Moore's award-winning reinvention of an early 1950s Eliot Noyes house in New Canaan, Conn., included restoring the existing first-floor shell and adding a floating second-story box that stays true to the original proportions.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    The Noyes house renovation, done with builder David Prutting, demonstrates a sensitive and viable alternative to tearing down mid-century modern residences.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

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    kaehler/moore architects

    The project’s first floor plan.
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    kaehler/moore architects

    The project’s second floor plan.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    A perpendicular singlestory volume houses the informal living spaces, including a spare but elegant kitchen.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    In lieu of an obvious front door, the entrance is through a 16-foot-by-20-foot void that splits the house front to back.

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    Lorin Klaris Photography

    2009 RADA
    Riverbank Residence, Stamford, Conn.
    Merit Award / Kitchen


    Striking contrasts —ebonized floors and white cabinets, a mobile island and fixed appliances, contemporary stainless steel and traditional wood —punctuate the Mianus River Residence’s kitchen.
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    Lorin Klaris Photography

    The vertical lines of a custom leather banquette are echoed in the elegantly slim legs of the round breakfast table.

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    Joeb + Partners, Architects

    The kitchen’s floor plan.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    Residential Architect
    September-October 2009
    K + B Studio / Bath


    Engineered stone forms the floor, tub, and wainscot of this master bath, which doubles as a pool cabana.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    Sliding glass partitions at the tub yield a variety of possible configurations.
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    Courtest Joeb + Partners, Architects

    The floor plan.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    2010 CHDA
    Private Residence, Greenwich, Conn.
    Grand Award / More Than 5,000 Square Feet


    The street-facing, wood-detailed gable acts as a beacon in the evening.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    A glass-walled gap marks the point where the two perpendicular pieces of the house come together.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    Built-in curtains can be used to divide or unite the main living space.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    A plan of the home's first floor.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    A plan of the home's second floor.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    Another gap, partially expressed through a void in the roof massing, separates the garage and guest room from the children's bedrooms.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    The kitchen opens onto a casual dining area.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    A terrace overlooks the swimming pool, which occupies a lower level of the steeply sloped site.

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    David Sundberg/Esto

    A daytime view of the street elevation.

  • This remodeled kitchen represents an effort to project the vocabulary of Richard Neutrathe houses original architectinto the present day.

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    This remodeled kitchen represents an effort to project the vocabulary of Richard Neutrathe houses original architectinto the present day.

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    Michael Biondo

    2012 RADA
    Neutra Glen Residence, Stamford, Conn.
    Merit Award / Kitchen


    Joeb Moore + Partners opened up this formerly closed-off kitchen as part of a renovation/restoration of a 1959 Richard Neutra-designed house.
  • Stainless steel columnsso slender that they are practically two-dimensionalmark the path of the partition that isolated the original kitchen from the living and dining areas.

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    Stainless steel columnsso slender that they are practically two-dimensionalmark the path of the partition that isolated the original kitchen from the living and dining areas.

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    Michael Biondo

    Slender steel columns take the place of an existing partition between the black-and-white kitchen and the restored living/dining area.
  • Knife-edge stainless steel counters top the gloss-white base cabinets. The uppers are acid-washed steel.

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    Knife-edge stainless steel counters top the gloss-white base cabinets. The uppers are acid-washed steel.

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    Michael Biondo

    Stainless steel counters mediate between acid-washed steel upper cabinets and glossy white base units.
  • The new columns are nearly invisible when viewed head-on.

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    The new columns are nearly invisible when viewed head-on.

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    Michael Biondo

    The new columns are nearly invisible when viewed head-on.

  • Blackened steel plate wraps the doorway to the houses back hall.

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    Blackened steel plate wraps the doorway to the houses back hall.

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    Michael Biondo

    Blackened steel plate wraps the doorway to the house’s back hall.

  • The original kitchen.

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    The original kitchen.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore + Partners

    The original kitchen.

  • The kitchen in axonometric view.

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    The kitchen in axonometric view.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore + Partners

    The kitchen in axonometric view.

  • The project clearly distinguishes between new and restoration.

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    The project clearly distinguishes between new and restoration.

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    Michael Biondo

    Sunlight pours into the newly open kitchen from the living/dining room windows.

Launch Slideshow

New Projects by Joeb Moore & Partners

New Projects by Joeb Moore & Partners

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    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    HFR Residence, a design proposal for a new house in Greenwich, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    WD Residence, an on-the-boards addition to a 1910 house in Washington Depot, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    WD Residence, an on-the-boards addition to a 1910 house in Washington Depot, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    WD Residence, an on-the-boards addition to a 1910 house in Washington Depot, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    WD Residence, an on-the-boards addition to a 1910 house in Washington Depot, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    WD Residence, an on-the-boards addition to a 1910 house in Washington Depot, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    WD Residence, an on-the-boards addition to a 1910 house in Washington Depot, Conn.

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    David Sundberg/Esto www.esto.com

    Palm Beach Apartment, a recently completed residential interior in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    David Sundberg/Esto www.esto.com

    Palm Beach Apartment, a recently completed residential interior in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    David Sundberg/Esto www.esto.com

    Palm Beach Apartment, a recently completed residential interior in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    David Sundberg/Esto www.esto.com

    Palm Beach Apartment, a recently completed residential interior in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Palm Beach Apartment, a recently completed residential interior in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Palm Beach Apartment, a recently completed residential interior in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Palm Beach Apartment, a recently completed residential interior in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Palm Beach Apartment, a recently completed residential interior in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Stonington Residence, a 2013 renovation of a mid-century modern residence in Stonington, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Stonington Residence, a 2013 renovation of a mid-century modern residence in Stonington, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Stonington Residence, a 2013 renovation of a mid-century modern residence in Stonington, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Stonington Residence, a 2013 renovation of a mid-century modern residence in Stonington, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Stonington Residence, a 2013 renovation of a mid-century modern residence in Stonington, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Stonington Residence, a 2013 renovation of a mid-century modern residence in Stonington, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Stonington Residence, a 2013 renovation of a mid-century modern residence in Stonington, Conn.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

    Stonington Residence, a 2013 renovation of a mid-century modern residence in Stonington, Conn.

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    Alix Martinez

    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

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    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

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    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

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    Alix Martinez

    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

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    Alix Martinez

    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

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    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

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    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

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    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

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    AMP Studio, a photography studio in Fairfield County, Conn.

Joeb Moore, AIA, never does things the standard way. The Greenwich, Conn.-based architect bucked convention in 1993 by turning down a coveted partnership at well-regarded Shope Reno Wharton. Instead, he started his own firm. (It operated for many years as Kaehler/Moore Architects, with separate studios for Moore and then-business partner Laura Kaehler, AIA, but since 2008 he is the sole principal at Joeb Moore & Partners.) Recessions typically encourage safer design choices, but Moore has spent the past few years taking architectural risks: His work has grown more sculptural and abstract. And the projects themselves all contain unexpected moments designed to surprise and delight. 

For example, the minimalist Bridge House, which won a 2013 Residential Architect Design Award, contains a powder room with a pyramid-shaped ceiling coated in high-gloss orange paint. A skylight at the top of the pyramid lets sunlight wash the walls, which Moore compares to the outside of a jelly bean. “It’s one of those moments where nature, architecture, and art all come together and you get to participate,” he says. “We’re trying to use absence or unexpected experiences to trigger a response or feeling. That’s the art of architecture.”

Lately, Moore and his 15-person staff have had many opportunities to create such experiences. They’ve developed something of a sub-specialty in remodeling and adding onto mid-century modern houses—a rich source of work in their Connecticut and suburban New York City region. Many of his clients for these and other projects work in related fields such as graphic design or exhibition design, and Moore sees them as collaborators. 

In fact, collaboration among peers and across disciplines is a major theme of his. He tries to team up with landscape architects whenever possible. “Landscape is the first thing clients tend to cut,” he says. “We’ve been arguing that it’s possibly more important than the building. Our projects always involve a cultural landscape as well as a physical landscape.” And while the firm still uses outside general contractors the majority of the time, it’s also created a design/build division called JB Construction. The company has built five projects so far, all smaller jobs with relatively tight budgets. 

Moore and his cohorts build lots of models, too—both virtual and (especially) physical ones. Examples of the latter fill the storefront windows of the firm’s office in downtown Greenwich. “We use the models as a powerful tool to help clients understand the process,” he explains. “They show how we think and work. Also, we use these conceptual models as a design tool to remind us what the fundamental principles are of a project.”

Along with the mid-century modern remodels and a clutch of other interesting renovations, Moore has been enjoying designing second homes. “Clients are willing to be more playful and take more risks with vacation homes,” he says. “It’s more creative and inventive.” He’d like to take on more small-scale institutional and commercial work. And he recently finished his own master bath renovation—no doubt with input from his wife, Jennifer, a pediatrician who also has an architecture degree.

Moore extols the virtues of his employees, whom he calls “brilliant and collaborative in their own way.” Many of them are former students; he teaches at Columbia University and also co-teaches Yale University’s first-year graduate housing studio, led by Alan Organschi. 

It’s easy to imagine Moore as a terrific teacher. He loves to riff on ideas about architecture, art, and culture—always in an engaged, respectful way. This constant, rich flow of thinking and analysis must have a positive effect on his work, which has evolved at a remarkable pace. “Our work at this point is about important moments, key spatial events, light, air, openness,” he says. “It’s less about geometry and more about the experiential and the physical.”