Mobile Office Architects (MOA) is a cross-disciplinary design firm founded by Dustin Stephens and Alan Ho. MOA practices as a design collaborative that links many designers, architects, craftsman, artists, and strategic thinkers. This model provides the ability to draw from a diverse set of skills, perspectives, and talents to suit each project. MOA works primarily within the areas of Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape, Product Design, Prefabrication, and Strategic Design.
MOA believes that research and strategic thinking are central to each project’s design process. The most influential design decisions come early on in the process of defining the problem. Each design problem is, therefore, surrounded by a unique context and is best served by an approach beginning with a rigorous understanding of that context and the goals at hand. This process of carefully framing the problem at the on start leads to innovative approaches, cutting straight to the core issues and needs of the project. MOA works with each client to develop and tailor this sophisticated approach to a project.
The office’s work has been widely published, both domestically and internationally. MOA’s work was recently selected for the American Institute of Architects 2016 ‘Emerging Architects’ Exhibition at the national headquarters.
MOA works from the San Juan Islands, WA; Santa Barbara, CA; and Brooklyn, NY
Dustin Stephens, RA — founding principal
Dustin received his Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received distinction for his work in both architectural design and structural design. Dustin also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Washington where he received the Faculty Design Award and Award for Highest Scholarship. While working at the Miller|Hull Partnership, Dustin was a core team member for the South Lake Union Discovery Center in Seattle, Washington – named one of the National Top Ten Green Projects by the A.I.A. Committee on the Environment, the 2007 Lifecycle Building Challenge winner, and given the 2007 Boston Society of Architects Sustainable Design Award. Other Miller|Hull projects included: The Experience Music Project Renovation; Pier 32 Marina San Diego; Tregaron Housing Masterplan, Washington D.C.; and the Capitol West Housing Project in Madison. Dustin also worked for Hutchison and Maul, a Seattle firm selected by the Architectural League of New York as a 2009 Emerging Voice in Architecture (Projects included: House with a Courtyard #1; Guest House on a Lake; House for a Mother and Daughter; and the 7-Installation). Dustin brings extensive construction and fabrication experience to each project and has coordinated the build or fabrication of several projects. He has also worked as a teaching assistant at Harvard Graduate School of Design in architectural structural design and building methods and materials courses. Dustin has been an invited critic for architectural design studios at University of Southern California, Woodbury University, University of Washington, UC Berkeley, and the UCLA Suprastudio. Dustin is a registered architect in the state of Washington.
Alan E. Ho, AIA — founding principal
Alan received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Washington (UW) and his Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), receiving distinctions and design awards including the Floyd Naramore Scholarship, RISD Graduate Design Award Scholar, and the RISD Graduate Travel Achievement Award. While at RISD, Alan studied under a variety of renowned artists to develop himself into an artisan and craftsman in a variety of trades including: wood working, metal working, glass working, weaving and textiles, and photography. His perspective as a trained artist plays an integral role in his practice of architecture. Alan studied abroad in Rome, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Saigon and Ha Noi. Prior to founding MOA, Alan worked for the internationally recognized architectural offices of Rafael Vinoly, Perkins + Will, and SPAN Architecture. His experience covered a variety of projects and scales, including: master planning for Bond Cay Islands, The Atlantic City Hilton Hotel, The Department of Education Facilities for Kuwait University, Yeshiva High School in Brooklyn, and the 121st Police Precinct on Staten Island. While at SPAN Architecture, Alan was the lead designer and project manager for residential projects across the U.S. and a key member of several award winning and published projects, including: the Connecticut Pool House (Architectural Digest Cover, Aug 2012) and the Calvin Klein Collection Store in Shenyang (AIANY Honors Award for Interior Architecture 2014). Alan has also been an invited critic for art, architecture, and design studios at Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, and RISD. Alan is a registered architect in the state of New York.
Spiegel Aihara Workshop (SAW), San Francisco
Mark Breeze, Repeat Differ, Cambridge UK
Studio Ki Duck Kim, Los Angeles
Dan Craven, New York
Tim Gorter, Interdiscilinary Architecture, Santa Barbara