In September, after serving for over 37 years as the executive director of The Architectural League of New York, Rosalie Genevro announced her departure from the organization. In the interim, The League launched an exhaustive nationwide search to find a successor. Today the board of directors has named Jacob R. Moore as its next executive director.
The search to name a successor was led by executive recruiting firm Koya Partners. Upon the announcement of her leaving, Genevro told AN in an interview: “I have been here for 37.5 years as of now. The League is strong and I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished here and I’m happy to set it off to a new future.”
Moore, who has an extensive background in architecture and event programming, will now lead the organization in this new future. He will assume the position off the heels of a role at Columbia University’s GSAPP, serving as the associate director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. In this position, Moore was responsible for putting together public programs on topics related to the built environment, climate change, and social justice.
“I’m humbled and honored to be asked to lead this storied, essential organization,” Moore shared in a statement. “At a moment of flagging faith in design’s capacity—or even its willingness—to meaningfully address the intertwined demands for climate, social, and economic justice, the fields of the built environment require a strong cultural infrastructure committed to the support of important, difficult work. There is no better representation of this infrastructure than The Architectural League.”
While at Columbia Moore was an instrumental member of the curatorial team for a number of exhibitions put on at the Buell Center and elsewhere, among these Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing, and House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate. Moore received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University, and a Master’s of Science in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from GSAPP.
In addition to his roles in programming and curation, Moore also has experience working as a writer and editor in a number of capacities. He is the founding editor of The Avery Review, an architectural journal at GSAPP, and was previously associate editor at Princeton Architectural Press. He has co-edited and co-authored a number of publications on topics related to sustainability and inequality within the built environment and penned pieces for Artforum International, Future Anterior, and The League’s publication Urban Omnibus.
“Jacob brings tremendous passion and a deep knowledge of the most important forces and issues impacting the built environment today,” said Mario Gooden, president of The League’s board of directors in a press release. “His vision for the future of The League and his commitment to equity, spatial justice, and the environment make him the ideal person to shape our next chapter.”
Moore will assume the role on September 5.