Architect Celebrates Recognition of Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects

Salt Lake City-based architectural firm honors the traditions of the American West
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Park City Modern, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Park City, UT. | Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Sparano + Mooney Principal, Anne Mooney, has received fellowship recognition from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. Fellowship is the AIA’s highest membership honor given to those selected for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Mooney was the only Utah architect to be elevated to Fellowship in 2023. Her work has been internationally recognized for its research-based conceptual approach and has been featured in exhibitions and publications in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Mooney’s partner, John Sparano, is also an AIA Fellow. 

Sparano + Mooney Architecture was founded in Los Angeles, California 26 years ago. They opened a second office in Salt Lake City five years later. The award-winning firm is dedicated to a thoughtful, holistic approach to place-making with an intense interest in the American West.

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Anne Mooney and John Sparano read their recently launched monograph, Sparano + Mooney Architecture: A Way of Working (Hatje Cantz: Berlin). | Photo by Sparano + Mooney Architecture

With a serious interest in materials and their expressive potential, Sparano + Mooney focuses on integrating and detailing old materials in a contemporary way. “We begin with a very unique process,” they say. “Extensive research is followed by conceptual models which then translates to the architecture. We believe that a rigorous process inspires better architecture.”

A new book entitled, Sparano + Mooney Architecture: A Way of Working, is now available at booksellers worldwide. This first monograph of the firm’s work presents 10 projects through images, drawings and a series of essays that tie their work to vernacular ideals and land art. Finding meaning in everyday materials made extraordinary through creativity and craft, the book investigates what it means to work within the context of the American West.  Sparano notes, “Our priority is sensitive integration with a mission to take advantage of what every site has to offer.”  

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Oikos, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT. | Photo by Matt Winquist

Relishing a challenge, the firm recently designed a home to be built upon an earthquake fault. “The process gave us insight into how to design and construct spaces that are better able to withstand natural disasters,” Mooney explains. “With the increase in fires, floods and other natural occurrences, more robust structures are required.” Another project in the works is a home for an art collector. The home is designed to protect the artwork and to provide the comfort and sanctuary of a “forever home.” In fact, the firm is proud to acknowledge that they have never had a client sell their house. Sparano and Mooney explain, “Creating forever homes where people will live for many years is very important to us. We hope that trend continues.”

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Wabi-Sabi, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT. | Photo by Matt Winquist

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