Charles Moore, the innovative, history-conscious, site-specific architect of the Sea Ranch condominiums in Northern California in the 1960s and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in the 1980s, was selected last week to receive the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.

Moore, the 49th recipient of the award, will be presented the medal next spring at the AIA's annual convention in Washington. He was cited, as are all medalists, for his "outstanding contributions to the profession."

"Charles Moore is an educator and an architect of distinction, who has consistently displayed his devotion to meeting and exceeding the needs of his clients -- and of society at large," wrote 1991 AIA President C. James Lawler in the official announcement of the award.

Moore's architecture has received more than 25 national awards, including four AIA Honor Awards. In addition to the Sea Ranch and Hood Museum projects, those receiving Honor Awards are St. Matthew's Church in Pacific Palisades, Calif., in 1984, and the Tegel Harbor Housing complex in Berlin in 1988. His most widely known work, however, may be the Piazza d'Italia in New Orleans, featured as the brilliant backdrop for a murder in the movie "The Big Easy."