2021 Architecture Firm Award Recipient Moody Nolan: How “Diverse by Design” Guided Responsible, Equitable, and Sustainable Growth


From its origins as a small, minority-owned firm in Columbus, Ohio, to becoming a national business with offices from Boston to Houston, Moody Nolan has always promoted a culture that welcomes new voices and ideas. Their commitment to diversity opened pathways for women and minorities to enter the profession, and their unique approach to collaborating with partners and clients has continually led to new and functional designs.

In this session, Chairman of the Board Curtis Moody, FAIA, and President and CEO Jonathan Moody, AIA, share their personal influences and what strategies have helped the firm earn AIA’s Architecture Firm Award, its highest distinction for firms.

Learning objectives

  • Discover how Curtis Moody overcame prejudices and other obstacles to develop a small, minority-owned firm into an award-winning, national organization.
  • Learn about Moody Nolan’s complete embrace of talent that hails from diverse cultures, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds allows it to nimbly address complex problems through its staff’s myriad points of view.. 
  • Learn how Curtis and Jonathan Moody define “responsive architecture” and how it guides their client relationships, priorities, and designs. 
  • Explore how Moody Nolan’s portfolio of work highlights collaboration tailored to the specific needs of clients and communities involved with projects such as the Columbus’ Martin Luther King Library Branch: a vibrant community center that responds to both the character of the surrounding community and the powerful legacy of Dr. King.
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