Yina Lou Moore '03
With apologies to the Bard, all the world’s a stage — and Yina Luo Moore ’03 is ensuring that professional performers have their forum in Adams, Mass.
Moore is the owner and architect charged with renovating a theatre building that has stood vacant since the 1960s. She purchased it in May 2021 and is in the thick of work to bring it up to code. She expects the retail space of the venue to be ready later this year, with the auditorium up and running for performing arts in 2023.

“The theatre renovation work is a continuation of my passions in spatial design, arts development, and interdisciplinary collaborations,” the Shanghai, China, native says. “My goal is to foster more creative partnerships among the arts communities in Berkshire County.”

Graduating as her class’s valedictorian, Moore majored in economics and studio art at Hamilton. She first worked on Wall Street for 12 years at UBS and Credit Suisse, mostly in the fixed income divisions of the banks. “I was a credit strategist who developed investment ideas for fixed income portfolio managers such as insurance companies, pension funds, management funds, and hedge funds,” she says.

Moore says she was always involved in the arts outside of her day-to-day financial job. To further that passion, she switched careers in her 30s and attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design to earn a master’s degree in architecture. “My experience at Hamilton set the foundation of my interdisciplinary work later on,” she says.

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Moore worked at European and New York architectural firms, including OMA, Bjarke Ingels Group, and Thomas Juul-Hansen, before starting her own architecture and development business in 2019.

Besides the Adams renovation, her focus has been working on museum and rural economic development projects, including a 27,000-square-foot art center in Shandong, China, that opened in 2020.

“I finally feel that my education in economics and art are intertwined in the most productive way,” Moore says.

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