Stories of Architects


February 6, 2018 at The Center for Architecture and Design.

5:00 | Reception

5:30 | Presentation

Come and enjoy an hour of storytelling from local architects and learn all about what the Diversity by Design committee and what we do.

Featuring: Curtis J. Moody, FAIA

Driven by a passion to break into a field with little minority representation, Curtis J. Moody, FAIA, took a considerable risk and opened the doors of Moody and Associates in 1982 in the midst of a depressed economy. At the beginning, the firm was just Curt and a graduate architecture student. But by the end of the first year, Moody and Associates had grown to nine staff members, eight of whom are still with the firm today.

Sensing an opportunity to position his company for growth, Curt joined forces with the engineering firm, Howard E. Nolan & Associates, and Moody Nolan was born with Curt serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. Today, Moody Nolan has over 200 employees and 12 offices across the nation. As the largest African-American owned architecture firm in the nation, it consistently garners national attention by promoting “diversity by design.”

As a nationally recognized and award-winning architectural designer, Curt has been involved in the design of several billion dollars of construction over his 45-year career. A winner of the prestigious Whitney M. Young, Jr. award as an outstanding African American Architect in the United States in 1992, Curt’s designs have won more than 270 design citations, including 40 from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and 43 from the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), more awards than any other minority architectural firm in the United States.

In 2002, Curt received the Distinguished Service Award from The Ohio State University. And in 2007, he received the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award just one year after Moody Nolan received the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm of the Year Award. Moody Nolan is the only firm to win this coveted award consecutively. Moody Nolan also was named National Firm of the Year in 2000 by the National Organization for Minority Architects.

Curt has served as a peer reviewer for the Architect/Engineer selection panel for the General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program. Curt and the firm have published three monographs and have been featured in numerous publications, including Architectural Record, Fortune 500 and MBE Magazine.
He received his Bachelor of Science, Architecture from The Ohio State University in 1973, and in 2002, the University presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, being one of only three recipients that year. Following his undergraduate work at OSU, Curt went on to study Urban School Planning & Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2000.

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