Keith Diaz Moore portrait
  • Dean College of Architecture + Planning
  • Professor, School Of Architecture

Research Keywords

  • Gerontology
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Architecture

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Neighborhood Spatial Configuration and Metabolic Function in Older Adults with and without Alzheimer’s Disease. PI: Amber Watts. Co-PI(s): Keith Diaz Moore. 08/01/2012 - present.


  • Community-engaged Scholarship Program (CES), Bennion Center Community Engaged Learning Committee, May 2021. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/10/2021.
  • Education as Discovery: Designing your Journey. Sophomore Rise Summit, University of Utah, September 2019. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/10/2019.
  • Resilient Places. NEXUS, University of Utah; April 2019. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/16/2019.
  • Life Space Mobility and Neighborhoods: Home Modifications Impact Aging in Place., American Society on Aging; Atlanta, March 2019 (with A. De La Torre, I. Garcia, J. Reno & J. Kim). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/08/2019.
  • Leadership and Design Thinking. Women’s Leadership Institute, Salt Lake City, UT; February 2019. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/12/2019.
  • invited lecture, Healthy Places: How where you live impacts your longevity. Park City Institute, Park City, UT; August 2018. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2018.
  • keynote (invited), Landscapes of Care; Ethics of Care. AIA Northern Utah Annual Meeting. Ogden, UT; November 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/30/2017.
  • keynote (invited), Community as Curriculum: Approaches rooted in an ethic of care. 2017 Rocky Mountain Campus Compact Faculty Retreat; Moab, UT; February 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/17/2017.
  • symposium chair, “People, Place, and Experience: The Intellectual Legacy Of Gerald Weisman In Environmental Gerontology.” Gerontological Society of America, 68th Annual Meeting; Orlando, FL; November 2015. Other, Presented, 11/2015.
  • invited discussant, World Design Forum, Banff, September 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2015.
  • invited discussant, AIA Research Summit, San Francisco, August 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2015.
  • invited speaker, “Advancing an Ethic of Care Together,” AIA Central Utah, Provo, UT, May 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2015.
  • “The Ecology of Health,” 2015 Utah Integrative Health and Resiliency Conference: The Evidence, The Experience, The Application, University of Utah, March 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2015.
  • symposium chair, “The Neighborhood and Physical Activity in Older Persons”, Gerontological Society of America, 67th Annual Meeting; Washington, DC; November 2014. Other, Presented, 11/09/2014.
  • discussant, “Communities that ‘Care’: An Environmental Gerontology Perspective”, Gerontological Society of America, 67th Annual Meeting; Washington, DC; November 2014. Other, Presented, 11/05/2014.
  • “Place, Health and Aging”, School of Architecture, University of Lund, November 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2013.
  • “The Practicalities of Good Theory”, Faculty of Medicine Graduate School, University of Lund, October 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2013.
  • “Design, Health and the Caring Imperative”, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, April 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2013.
  • invited plenary speaker, “The phenomenon of what makes research visible”, in the plenary “The Visibility of Research,” Architectural Research Centers Consortium Conference; Charlotte, NC; March 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • co-organizer, preconference workshop “Architecture + the Global Experience,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting; San Francisco, CA; March 2013. Other, Presented, 03/2013.


  • Diaz Moore, K (2020). Healthy Places: Mapping the Theoretical Landscape. ARCC. Vol. 17, 1-20. Published, 12/2020.
  • Diaz Moore, K. & Garcia, I & Kim, J (2019). Healthy Places and the Social Life of Older Adults.. (pp. 103-117). Vol. 1, Springer. Published, 01/02/2019.
  • Diaz Moore, K. (2018). “A Place-based Ethic of Care: The Beginnings of the Utah School” in A. Amiri & R. O’Neal Dagg (Eds.), The Ethical Imperative: Proceedings of the 2018 ACSA Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: ACSA. Published, 10/2018.
  • Diaz Moore, K. (2018). Environment and Ageing. In M. Skinner, G. Andrews & M. Cutchin (eds.), Geographical Gerontology: Concepts and Approaches. London: Routledge. Published, 01/01/2018.
  • Watts, A., Ferdous, F., Diaz Moore, K., & Burns, J. M. (2015). Neighborhood Integration and Connectivity Predict Cognitive Performance and Decline. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 1, doi: 2333721415599141. Published, 08/2015.
  • Moore, Keith Diaz, Rozek, Ellen K. & Smith, Erin Kate (2014). Creating SPOTs for Successful Aging: Strengthening the Case for Developing University-Based Retirement Communities Using Social-Physical Place Over Time Theory. Informa UK Limited. Vol. 28(1), 21-40. Published, 2014.
  • Ferdous, F. & Moore, K. D. (2014). Field Observations into the Environmental Soul: Spatial Configuration and Social Life for People Experiencing Dementia. SAGE Publications. Published, 2014.
  • Moore, Keith Diaz (2014). An Ecological Framework of Place: Situating Environmental Gerontology Within a Life Course Perspective. Baywood Publishing Company, Inc. Vol. 79(3), 183-209. Published, 2014.
  • Diaz Moore, K.(2014). “Ecological Model of Place for the Aging.” International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 79(3):. Published, 11/2014.
  • Ferdous, F. & Diaz Moore, K. (2014). “Field observations into the environmental soul: Spatial configuration and social life for people experiencing dementia.” American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related dementias, doi: 1533317514545378. Published, 08/2014.
  • Smith, E., Rozek, E. & Diaz Moore, K. (2014). “Creating SPOTs for successful aging: Strengthening the case for developing university based retirement communities using Social-Physical Place Over Time Theory.” Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 28(1):21-40. Published, 02/2014.
  • Diaz Moore, K. & Ferdous, F. (2013). “Spatial Configuration and Social Life for People Experiencing Dementia.” In C. Jarrett, K. Kim & N. Senske (Eds.), The Visibility of Research: Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium Conference (p.685-691). Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina. Published, 08/2013.
  • Moore, Keith Diaz, Smith, Erin Kate & Geboy, Lyn (2012). Environmental Gerontology for the Future: Community-Based Living for the Third Age. Informa UK Limited. Vol. 26(1-3), 44-61. Published, 2012.
  • Moore, Keith Diaz & Ekerdt, David J. (2011). Age and the cultivation of place. Elsevier BV. Vol. 25(3), 189-192. Published, 2011.
  • Moore, Keith Diaz & Geboy, Lyn (2010). The question of evidence: current worldviews in environmental design research and practice. Cambridge University Press (CUP). Vol. 14(02), 105-114. Published, 2010.
  • Moore, Keith Diaz (2007). Restorative Dementia Gardens: Exploring How Design May Ameliorate Attention Fatigue. Informa UK Limited. Vol. 21(1-2), 73-88. Published, 2007.
  • Moore, K. D. (2005). Using Place Rules and Affect to Understand Environmental Fit: A Theoretical Exploration. SAGE Publications. Vol. 37(3), 330-363. Published, 2005.
  • Moore, Keith Diaz (2004). Interpreting the “hidden program” of a place: An example from dementia day care. Elsevier BV. Vol. 18(3), 297-320. Published, 2004.