Keith Diaz Moore, PhD

Keith Diaz Moore

Title: Dean
Company:  University of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Keith Diaz Moore, PhD, Dean of the University of Utah, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architecture.

For many people, architecture is about beautiful design, functionality and sustainability, but for Dr. Moore, who has been working in the field of architecture for 30 years, it is about providing a space that improves the quality of life for whoever enters it. His passion for architecture began at age eight, when he found a book at the library about Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect and pioneer behind the Guggenheim Museum. As he grew into adulthood, he pursued an education that would allow him to follow in the visionary footsteps of his architect idols. Dr. Moore earned a Bachelor of Science in architecture studies from the University of Illinois in 1988, a Master of Science in architecture from the University of Minnesota in 1992, and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. Driven to succeed in his field, his journey took a very personal turn when his grandmother developed Alzheimer’s disease. At that time, he came to find that architecture can play a role in improving the quality of life of patients facing similar diseases. Since then, Dr. Moore has made it his mission to design a building for older adults, specifically those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Considered an expert in this niche area of architecture, Dr. Moore has been the recipient of a Mary Kihl Distinguished Service Award and a Jewel Polsky Prize for his incredible work.

Since 2014, Dr. Moore has excelled in his role as dean of the University of Utah. Previously, he held a number of roles with the University of Kansas, including associate dean of graduate studies for the school of architecture design and planning, as well as chair of the architecture program. Dr. Moore also served as assistant professor of architecture and landscape architecture at Washington State University for ten years. To impact his field on a larger scale, Dr. Moore was the editor of Culture Meaning Architecture. He also co-authored “Designing a Better Day,” which was honored in 2007 as a best design literature piece. Dr. Moore is the president-elect of the Utah chapter of the American Institute of Architects. To remain at the top of his field, Dr. Moore is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and Sigma Chi.

Outside of his professional work, Dr. Moore is involved in a number of civic projects. He is co-chair of the Presidential Anti-Racism Task Force. He also contributes to programs with the Utah Youth Symphony and the Park City High School Booster Club. Looking ahead, Dr. Moore intends to continue in his architecture work while taking on new opportunities in his field.

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