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Whitney Moon

Lecturer, Architecture

Whitney Moon is a licensed architect in California, who is currently working on her PhD in architectural history and theory at UCLA. She joined the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at USD as an architectural lecturer in Fall 2010.


PhD Candidate in Critical Studies, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles

BArch, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

New York/Paris Architecture Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University

Scholarly and Creative Work

Currently working on her doctorate at UCLA, Moon’s research interests reside in 20th century art and architecture, with an emphasis on theatricality, performance, and ephemeral works.  Tracing the history, development and legacy of conceptualism in art and architecture, her research investigates the architectural happening—conceptually inspired architectural installations, performed and produced by architects since the 1960s. The recipient of several fellowships and scholarships for her research on conceptual and postmodern architecture, Moon’s dissertation will examine the early works of New York City based architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio.

As part of the Hi-C program at UCLA, a collaborative group of architectural designers and researchers, Moon has participated in the design and curation of several architectural exhibitions including: “Take Note,” Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, February 4-May 31, 2009; “Craig Hodgetts, Playmaker,” ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, 3-31, 2009; “Re-MAXX,” University of California, Los Angeles, June 8-13, 2009; and “IAUS,” University of California, Los Angeles, June 9-14, 2008.

Moon also has several years of architectural experience, having worked as a designer for architectural offices in San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle and San Luis Obispo. Her professional experience includes residential, commercial, and institutional work. 

Teaching Interests

Prior to teaching at USD, Moon taught a variety of architectural courses at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and served as a teaching assistant for architectural history and theory at UCLA. 

At USD, Moon teaches Introduction to Architectural Design. Her teaching incorporates interdisciplinary influences, ranging from history to popular culture, encouraging students to operate within an ‘expanded field’ of architectural discourse and production.