Derek Moore


Design Principal, Airports Practice Leader

New York


As SOM’s Aviation Practice Leader, Derek Moore has led the planning and execution of significant and complex airport and transportation facilities throughout the United States and around the world. Moore specializes in the strategic planning, architectural layout, and spatial design of airport terminals, other transportation facilities, and urban environments. Over the course of his career Moore has played a major role in the planning and execution of new terminals at all three New York area airports, as well as projects and studies for airports in Europe, the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, China, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand. Moore led the firm’s planning and urban design work for the award-winning Denver Union Station project.

Moore promotes a comprehensive approach to planning. The client’s objectives, functional requirements, and the specific site conditions are the starting point. Moore is proficient at proposing a range of alternatives, having led a wide range of stakeholder engagement efforts to shape consensus around innovative spatial solutions. Moore believes strongly that airports and terminals are civic places that should embody the character of the city, region, or country while meeting an extensive range of functional, technical, and sustainability criteria. He understands that the element of time is critical for planning at any scale — from the intricacies of phased construction to the effects of time and obsolescence on terminal buildings and the built environment. Moore strives to plan into his projects a high degree of flexibility and future adaptability.

Moore also holds advanced degrees in the history of art and architecture and wrote his PhD dissertation as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He has published on a range of topics in architectural and urban history and taught for 10 years as an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

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