Martin Moeller is an architectural curator, writer, and editor who works both independently and on a part-time basis as Senior Curator at the National Building Museum. He has served as the lead curator for several of the Museum’s most widely acclaimed exhibitions, including Unbuilt Washington; Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete; and Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century. He has also acted as coordinating curator for the Museum’s presentations of traveling exhibitions such as Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990; Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future; and Frank Lloyd Wright: Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House.
Moeller was previously the Museum’s Executive Vice President (chief operating officer), overseeing all exhibitions, education programs, development, and operations. He stepped down from this role in 2001 in order to have more time to pursue independent projects.
Before joining the National Building Museum in 1998, Moeller was Executive Director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, which represents the faculty of all colleges and universities with accredited architecture degree programs in the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and simultaneously served as Executive Vice President of the Washington Architectural Forum (now called the Washington Architectural Foundation).
Working independently, Moeller wrote the fourth and fifth editions of the AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C., published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006 and 2012, respectively. He recently finished writing a book about the history of an influential French creole family that arrived in Louisiana in the early eighteenth century, and which has included several prominent architects.
Since 2007, Moeller has been editor of ArchitectureDC, the quarterly magazine of the AIA Washington Chapter. In 2009, he received the chapter’s Glenn Brown Award, which honors an individual who has raised public awareness of architecture and its benefits to society. An associate member of the American Institute of Architects, he received the Associates Award from the national AIA in 2013.
Moeller holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. He also studied architecture at the University of Manchester in England on Tulane’s Junior Year Abroad honors program. He has been an adjunct faculty member or guest critic at six schools of architecture, and served for more than ten years on the Board of Advisors for the Tulane School of Architecture. In the spring of 2010, he was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, researching modern and contemporary architecture in that city.